Palliative Care: Buzzwords or Real Quality of Life Improvement
December 21, 2014
As we have come to understand, there’s more to medical care than the treatment of the primary disease. There are emotional and spiritual needs to be met in addition to secondary medical needs that arise from the primary condition. That’s where palliative care comes in and UT Health Northeast palliative care expert Dr. Amy Newton joins us in this post to Health Connection dot TV.
- What is palliative care?
- Who provides palliative care?
- What are the benefits of palliative care?
- If a patient wants palliative care, can he or she continue to receive treatment for the underlying illness at the same time?
- Give some examples of cases where palliative care might be appropriate.
- Who is on a palliative care team and how does it work?
- Does a patient receiving palliative care have to give up his or her personal doctor?
- What does palliative care mean to family members and caregivers?
- How is palliative care different from hospice care?
- Does insurance cover palliative care?
- Do all hospitals have palliative care teams?
- If a patient is interested in receiving palliative care, what should he or she do?