Palliative care is medical care or treatment with a goal of preventing and relieving suffering and improving quality of life for people facing serious, complex illness. Palliative care assesses and treats patients for all forms of distress caused by chronic or advanced disease. Distress may be physical, psychological, social, spiritual or existential. Nonhospice palliative care is not dependent on prognosis and is offered in conjunction with curative and all other appropriate forms of medical treatment.
Fast Fact - The word Palliate means to alleviate symptoms.