Virginia Lee, MSW, MS , LCSW-R
Palliative cares is comprehensive treatment of the discomfort, symptoms and stress of serious illnesses,
whatever the diagnosis. It works with a patient’s main treatment and can be given along with all other
medical care. It may be started as soon as other care begins and can last during the whole illness. The
main goal of palliative is to improve the quality of life
Palliative care is not just for people who might die soon. It’s appropriate for people with diseases such
as cancer, heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), cystic fibrosis, HIV and AIDS,
and Parkinson’s disease.
Palliative care can be provided any setting such as hospitals, nursing homes, outpatient palliative care
clinics, other specialized clinics, or at home. All Veterans Health Administration hospital s now have a
palliative care program.
Published Date: 2021-02-27; Received Date: 2021-01-22