About the MaineHealth Palliative Care Initiative
The MaineHealth Palliative Care initiative is focused on increasing patient access to palliative care using the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices across the MaineHealth system. In 2011, MaineHealth will assess the capacity for each MaineHealth hospital, long-term care facility, and home health and hospice organization to provide palliative care for appropriate patients. The MaineHealth Palliative Care initiative serves the MaineHealth system with a focus on:
- Education of health professionals
- Promoting partnerships among outpatient care settings for improved capacity to provide palliative care
- Assessing quality of palliative care across settings
- Promoting advance care planning
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.