Palliative Care

Palliative care, also known as palliative medicine, is specialized medical care for people living with serious illness. It focuses on providing relief from the symptoms 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 palliative care 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 or life prolonging treatment.

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Mission Statement

The mission of the inpatient Palliative Care Service is to improve the quality of care and hospital experience for UWMC patients and families living with serious illness by educating and collaborating with health care professionals to provide the best possible patient and family centered care to the patients we serve.

Philosophy & Education

Our palliative care program uses a narrative approach, believing that patient values and needs are best understood after eliciting the patient story and clarifying the patient’s understanding of their illness and situation, asking what is most important and worrisome to them, and how we can be most helpful to them in navigating their medical, emotional and spiritual journey, together with their families and important others in their lives.

  • Fellows: Palliative Care and Geriatrics
  • Residents: Medical and Clinical Pastoral Education
  • Students: Medical, Advance Nurse Practitioner, Social Work, Pharmacy, and Physician Assistant
  • We mentor learners on both our team and the primary team.
  • Support for learners through Life and Death Rounds

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