Palliative care is a comprehensive, multidisciplinary "whole person" approach to serious illness. Palliative care may serve patients at any time along the continuum of illness, regardless of diagnosis and prognosis, and can occur concurrently with curative therapies and interventions.
For patients and families, the goal of palliative care is to reduce suffering and improve the quality of life. For physicians and health care providers, palliative care can help with many of the time-intensive aspects of managing patients with serious illnesses.
The Methodist Hospital specialized team provides services to include, but are not limited to:
- Expert management of distressing symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite, anxiety, depression and difficulty sleeping
- Guidance with difficult treatment choices
- Family meetings and goals of care discussions
- Emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support
- Patient and family guidance in navigating the health care system
- Coordination of other health care services and providers
- When appropriate, end-of-life care and transition to hospice
Please call 713-441-0428 for patient referrals, assistance or more information about palliative care.