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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Outpatient Palliative Care

Palliative Care Defined – A simple definition of palliative care.
A House Call – UW Medicine’s Darrell Owens makes a home visit to one of his patients.
Palliative Care In Depth – Dr. Randy Curtis provides an in depth explanation of Palliative Care, who is involved and how it might work for you or your loved ones.
Palliative Care Makes a Difference – Chaplain Debra Jarvis & Dr. Randy Curtis explain what a difference implementing a Palliative Care treatment plan can make on the quality of life for a seriously ill patient.
A Difficult, but Rewarding Specialty – Dr. Curtis describes how and why he chose this delicate and often difficult line of work.
What Does this Mean for You? – As medical technology advances, why is palliative care so important.