What is Palliative Care? Who is it For?

published 3 months ago by UCTV

Dr. Steven Pantilat, UCSF Professor of Medicine, describes the role of palliative care for people facing serious illness. Series: "Mini Medical School for the Public" [Show ID: 33867]

Abraham Lincoln said it's not the years in your life but the life in your years that matters. And whether we measure life in years or sometimes in months or for the patients will see in the hospital sometimes we are measuring life in weeks or even days. The goal is how can we help people have the best possible quality of life for that time. Specialized medical care for people with serious illness this type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms pain and stress of a serious illness whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Part of care is provided by a team of doctors nurses and other specialists who work with the patients other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. Ballad of care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can ...

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