What is the goal of palliative care?

Rachel Cardosa, MSN, RN
Geriatrics Nursing Specialist

The goal of palliative care is to relieve the burden of symptoms. These symptoms may be physical, emotional or spiritual. In palliative care, we aim to relieve suffering and help the patient to be comfortable.

Dr. Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

Palliative care aims to improve quality of life, optimize function and assist with decision making for patients and families while the patient is receiving appropriate medical treatment. An interdisciplinary team focuses on intensive symptoms management, enhancement of function, promotion of physical and psychological comfort, as well as the provision of psychosocial, spiritual and emotional support for the patient and family.

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