University of Wisconsin Hospital and Clinics in Madison, Wisconsin is committed to excellent palliative care for individuals, whether a person has just been diagnosed, is in active treatment, has completed therapy, or is nearing the end of life.
Palliative care medicine treats the whole person, aiming to meet the physical, emotional and spiritual needs of the patient and family.
Director Toby Campbell, MD, explains the difference between palliative care and hospice care.
- Reducing symptoms cause by both disease and its therapy
- Supporting patients and families at times of illness, transition and loss
- Helping family members provide support to patients and each other
Palliative Care Purpose
Though palliative care is most often associated with end-of-life care, it can be part of the treatment of any person with a serious or life-threatening medical condition for which a patient-centered approach, pain and symptom control, family involvement and compassionate care are needed.