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The goals of the Palliative Care Service are to create greater patient and family satisfaction, improve the quality of care, and to decrease length of hospitalization for patients with an advanced illness. The service is proactive in identifying each patient’s unique needs, and goals are set accordingly. Supportive care aimed at symptom control and quality of life can be provided at the same time as curative treatments. If a cure is not achievable, goals are adjusted to meet end-of-life care needs.

Goals may include discussion and assistance with multidimensional issues:

  • Symptom control (pain, fatigue, nausea)
  • Emotional and spiritual support
  • Issues related to food and nutrition
  • Preservation of quality of life and dignity
  • Assistance with health care goal setting
  • Issues related to advance planning
  • Issues related to wishes for end-of-life care