Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care?

What Is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care Is:

  • Focused on enhancing quality of life for the child and family, while minimizing suffering and optimizing function
  • Intended to guide and assist the child and family in making decisions that are aligned with their identified goals of care
  • Provided by an interdisciplinary team that works with the child, family, and the child's doctors to provide an extra layer of support
  • Appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and can be provided together with disease modifying treatment
  • Assistance with improving coordination of care and communication with health care providers
  • Tailored to meet the needs of each individual patient

Palliative Care Is Not:

  • Giving up on my child or my patient
  • Only for patients with cancer
  • For patients with six months or less to live
  • Foregoing disease-modifying treatment
  • One size fits all
  • Taking over care from my primary medical team
  • Losing hope
  • Withdrawing care
  • Hastening or postponing death
  • Hospice
  • DNR