Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain and stress of 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 physicians, nurses, and other specialists who work with a patient’s other health care providers to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment.
Palliative care achieves the Triple Aim by improving patients’ quality of life and family satisfaction and well-being, and by reducing utilization and costs by matching treatments to goals. CIVHC recognizes palliative care as a highly effective interdisciplinary model to be emulated by the entire health care delivery system.
Colorado Palliative Care Task Force
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