What is comfort care?

Mrs. La'Sheah M. Stewart, FNP
Nursing Specialist

Comfort care is palliative and supportive treatment for patients who are suffering from a terminal illness (e.g., AIDS, cancer or who have refused life-sustaining treatment). It aims at relieving symptoms, enhancing the quality of remaining life, and easing the dying process. Furthermore, the patient and his family is supported throughout this process with a specially trained health care staff.

Dr. William D. Knopf, MD
Cardiologist (Heart Specialist)

Comfort care is a term for the care given to improve the quality of life of patients who have a serious or life-threatening disease. The goal of comfort care is to prevent or treat as early as possible the symptoms of a disease, side effects caused by treatment of a disease, and psychological, social, and spiritual problems related to a disease or its treatment. Also called supportive care and symptom management.

This answer is based upon source information from the National Cancer Institute.

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