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What services can a palliative care team provide?

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  • Expert treatment of pain and other symptoms
  • Open discussion about treatment choices for your illness (including difficult and complex choices) and management of your symptoms
  • Coordination of your care with all of your health care providers
  • Help with navigating the health care system
  • Help with making a smooth transition from the hospital to home care or a nursing home
  • Emotional, spiritual, and practical support for you and your 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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