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Palliative Medicine Services

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Palliative Care Unit

At UW Health in Madison, Wisconsin a multidisciplinary team helps patients and clinicians provide palliative care medicine.
 
Palliative Care nurses serve as the initial point of contact for patients and clinicians, working with them to assess which other members of the palliative care team to involve. Team members may include:
  • Palliative care physician
  • Advanced practice nurse
  • Pharmacist
  • Social worker
  • Psychologist
  • Chaplain
Together, the Palliative Care team provides comprehensive services for patients, families and primary care physicians, including:
  • Care of patients and families facing advanced disease
  • Manages complex symptoms from the disease or treatment
  • Assists patients, families and staff with decision-making, including issues such as feeding, advanced directives, cancer therapies and Do Not Resuscitate orders
  • Assists with family meetings and counseling
  • Assessment and communication of prognosis
  • Emotional and spiritual support of patients and families
  • Case management with discharge plans
  • Coordinates care with local and regional hospices
In addition, Palliative Care team members are available for:
  • Inpatient consults
  • Physician outpatient consults
  • Physician home consults
The Palliative Care Team may become involved at any stage of an illness, from the first diagnosis or as the disease progresses. Depending on a patient's needs, a team member can be involved for a short time or as part of long-term care. Team members may also be called upon when a patient is nearing the end of life.