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Who provides palliative care?

Palliative care generally involves a team approach that can include the services of a variety of healthcare and other professionals for physical, emotional, spiritual and practical concerns. These services may be delivered in and continued across various settings at different times. This is known as continuity of care.

Marianne Biangone
Nursing Specialist

Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided along with curative treatment. Palliative care treats people suffering from serious and chronic illnesses including cancer, cardiac disease such as Congestive Heart Failure (CHF), Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), kidney failure, Alzheimer's, HIV/AIDS and Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS). Palliative care relieves the symptoms of these diseases.

Carol Milardo Floriani
Hospice Nursing Specialist

A hospice-palliative care team comprising of doctors, nurses, social workers, chaplains, nurse aides, dietitians, physical therapists, massage therapists and others provides palliative care. This multidisciplinary team insures a comprehensive approach to managing various symptoms that are involved in a terminal illness.

Dr. Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine Specialist

A variety of professionals may provide compassionate, high-quality palliative care to hospitalized patients facing serious illness. A multidisciplinary team of physicians, nurses, social workers, chaplains, doulas (volunteer companions), and massage and yoga therapists can provide patients with expert treatment and emotional, spiritual and practical support. Their goal is to help patients stay in control of their care in the hospital and develop an effective plan for when they leave.

Palliative care is provided by an entire team, which is usually made up of doctors, nurses, social workers, specialists, spiritual advisors, dieticians, massage therapists, home health aides, volunteers, and others. Some palliative care teams also include physiotherapists, occupational therapists, and pharmacists. Every palliative care team is different because each person living with a serious or life-threatening condition has unique needs.

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