What is Palliative Care and Why is it Important for Patients?

Northwestern Medicine
Palliative Care April 23, 2015
Palliative care, has been around for decades but is still largely unknown. It helps patients manage the physical, emotional and spiritual challenges surrounding serious illness on case by case basis using an interdisciplinary team approach. Often, these challenges involve addressing the physical symptoms of serious illness, such as pain, nausea, fatigue and depression, as well as the stress that patients can experience managing their daily needs and ongoing care. 

While hospice care is usually only provided to help comfort patients that have stopped treatment for a terminal disease or condition, patients who receive palliative care are usually also receiving life-prolonging care and many are expected to recover or stabilize. Palliative Care works alongside a patient’s regular physicians as an extra layer of support, focusing on comfort and quality of life.

Watch the following video with a member of the palliative care team for Northwestern Medicine®, Kathy Neely, MD, who is also a Northwestern Medicine internist and chair of the Medical Ethics Committee for Northwestern Memorial Hospital, to learn more.


Learn more information about palliative care or to schedule an appointment, call 312.926.0001. 
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