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What are some questions to ask your palliative care team?

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  • What can I expect from palliative care?
  • Where will I receive my care (for example, in the hospital, home, nursing home, or hospice?)
  • Who will be part of my palliative care team?
  • What are your recommendations for my care?
  • What will you do if I have severe pain or uncomfortable symptoms?
  • How will you communicate with my other doctors?
  • What decisions will my family or I need to make?
  • Will you be able to help explain the issues involved in making these decisions?
  • Will you communicate candidly about my illness with me and my family?

From: The Palliative Care Team WebMD Medical Reference

SOURCES:

Getpalliativecare.org: "What Is Palliative Care?" 

Cleveland Clinic: "About Palliative Medicine." 

National Institute of Nursing Research: "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness".

Getpalliativecare.org: "How to Get Palliative Care: Meet with the Palliative Care Team."

American Geriatrics Society: "Palliative Care and Hospice."

National Association of Social Workers: "Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care". 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

SOURCES:

Getpalliativecare.org: "What Is Palliative Care?" 

Cleveland Clinic: "About Palliative Medicine." 

National Institute of Nursing Research: "Palliative Care: The Relief You Need When You're Experiencing the Symptoms of Serious Illness".

Getpalliativecare.org: "How to Get Palliative Care: Meet with the Palliative Care Team."

American Geriatrics Society: "Palliative Care and Hospice."

National Association of Social Workers: "Social Workers in Hospice and Palliative Care". 

Reviewed by Jennifer Robinson on August 19, 2019

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