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What are the goals of palliative care?

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The goals are:

  • Relieve pain and other symptoms
  • Address your emotional and spiritual concerns, and those of your caregivers
  • Coordinate your care
  • Improve your quality of life during your illness

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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