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Benefits of palliative care

Patients and families have reported these benefits as a result of the palliative care they received from Allina Health Palliative Care:

  • decreased pain, improvement of appetite, less anxiety, less fatigue, more strength
  • guidance to make decisions to enjoy quality of life
  • information to understand test results and treatment options
  • easier to understand and manage family issues and even find meaning in the illness
  • help to understand and face the changing goals of care as the illness progresses
  • setting realistic goals for improvement for the patient and family
  • giving more support and objective advice to the family caregivers especially related to ethical concerns
  • improving the safety of the patient by eliminating potential medication errors
  • relief from worry, anxiety or depression that may stem from financial concerns, caregiver issues or living situations
  • information about community services, resources and residential care settings
  • contacting insurance company to determine coverage for the patient.

Source: The Center to Advance Palliative Care
Reviewed By: Gloria Cade, RN, BSN, CHPCA, director, hospice & palliative care
First Published: 08/04/2004
Last Reviewed: 02/07/2014