What Is Palliative Medicine?
Palliative medicine is a newly recognized
medical subspecialty that participates in
comprehensive, skilled, interdisciplinary
palliative team services for patients and
families with life-threatening or severe
advanced illness. Palliative care focuses
on alleviating suffering and promoting
quality of life, particularly
• pain and symptom management
• information sharing
• complex decision-making
• advance care planning
• psychosocial and spiritual support
• coordination of care among multiple
disciplines and across multiple settings.