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Here you’ll find a fascinating new series of audio programs that delve into the world of medical discoveries and treatments at UW Medicine.

UW Medicine Pulse provides unparalleled access to the next generation of medical breakthroughs and how those breakthroughs affect you and your family.

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Episode 1310

The Essence of Palliative Care

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Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious, life-shortening illnesses. Its aim is to maintain function and quality of life, relieve pain and other distressing symptoms, while neither hastening nor postponing death. Not postponing death. Therein lies the distinction between palliative care and the traditional medical approach, where typically every effort is made to postpone death, no matter the cost, whether physical, emotional or financial.

On this episode of UW Medicine Pulse we meet some remarkable people who have made caring for the seriously and terminally ill their specialty; and who say, though it can be difficult, it is also inspiring and rewarding to help patients plan for the final stages of life.

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