Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Palliative Care Eases Pain and Provides Comfort

Approved by the American Board of Medical Specialties, Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on the relief of suffering for persons with advanced illnesses. It’s NOT the same as hospice, which is for patients who are diagnosed with terminal illnesses and have agreed to discontinue curative treatments. Chapters Health Palliative Care helps to ease pain, adding comfort and improves quality of life for our patients. With reduction of pain and better treatment tolerance for their illness, patients who receive early palliative care potentially have improved life expectancy.

While the primary care physician focuses on disease-specific treatments, our specialized team of palliative healthcare professionals addresses pain and symptom management. Together, we ensure a comprehensive, coordinated patient and family centered plan of care, including:

  • Expanded disease education and informed decision making
  • Assistance with advance directives, care planning and complicated treatment choices
  • Emotional and and spiritual assistance
  • Help with community services

Who Benefits from Palliative Care?

Patients and their families benefit from:

  • Effective pain and symptom management
  • Improved quality of life
  • Expanded disease education and informed decision making
  • Assistance with advance care planning
  • Psychosocial and spiritual support
  • Coordination of care and community services

Institutions benefit from:

  • Better patient clinical outcomes
  • Greater patient/family satisfaction
  • Enhanced care coordination
  • Increased efficiency and lower costs
  • Expanded programs designed to support attending physicians

Referring physicians benefit when:

  • Pain and other symptoms are difficult to control
  • Complex physical, psychosocial or spiritual suffering is present
  • A need to address appropriate goals of care exists
  • Patient and/or family require extensive education/communication
  • Challenging discussions regarding advance directives are necessary

You are not alone – we’re here to help. To learn more about Chapters Health Palliative Care or to speak to the team about a referral, please call 813.871.8200 or email info@chaptershealth.org.

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