Palliative care is provided by a team, including physicians’ board certified in hospice and palliative medicine, advance practice providers, nurses, music therapists, chaplains, pharmacists, social workers and other professionals. The team works with the patient’s primary medical doctor.
The Adult Palliative Care Program at UI Hospitals and Clinics started with an inpatient consult service February 1, 1999 supported by a dedicated nurse and an interested physician. Today, the service consists of a robust inpatient consultative service, a 6-bed dedicated palliative care unit, and a stand-alone outpatient clinic. The Program supports an accredited fellowship program and has a strong history of supporting leaners including medical students, residents, pharmacist, and others on the service. The Palliative Care Program was recently received disease-specific certification for the third consecutive time by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Healthcare Organizations.
The Department’s Primary Function
The Adult Palliative Care Service provides care for patients and families who face life-threatening illnesses. This service offers pain and symptom management, support in dealing with emotional stress and social issues, and spiritual support.