Palliative care includes medical or surgical methods to ease the pain of a serious or incurable illness. A palliative care physician has had special training to help families make decisions at the end of life and to provide comfort care for critically ill patients. Palliative care is focused on providing patients with good quality of life.

Patients or families can request a consult from a palliative care doctor when they would like to focus on treating and managing symptoms associated with their illness.

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