Palliative Care

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. It 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 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.

In Rhode Island many hospitals and some long term care facilities provide palliative care.

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General Information about Palliative Care

Some hospitals providing palliative care services: (Link1)  (Link2)  (Link3)

Outpatient services for palliative care