|What is Palliative Care?|
Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care focuses on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness - whatever the diagnosis.
The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. The provision of palliative care is recognized as a standard required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and is used as a criterion for rankings of excellence by U.S. News and World Report.