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Palliative Care and Support

Palliative Care: Improving the quality of life

For many people living with a serious illness, one’s quality of life is impacted by the physical symptoms that are part of the illness or its treatment. Questions about how to cope, how to maintain roles as a family member, at work or in the community may add to the burden.

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Palliative care is provided by a team of doctors, nurses, social workers and chaplains who meet with you and your family to assess your needs and develop a plan that respects your values and personal choices. Palliative care is appropriate for patients of any age and stage of illness and is provided together with curative treatments.

Our services are available in hospitals, palliative care clinics, and through home care with a goal of improving quality of life for patients and their families.

Patients cared for by palliative care teams at Fairview can expect:

• Attention to all sources of distress that affect healing, including social and spiritual distress
• Clear communication between you, your family and your health care team
• Communication of your plan of care across settings
• Guidance in making decisions about all aspects of your care
• A care plan that meets your goals and values

Palliative care fact sheet (PDF)

Clinical Education
Palliative Care Clinical Social Work Fellowship
The Palliative Consult Service offers a 1-year Palliative Care Clinical Social Work Fellowship. For more information, please click here. 

Hospice and Palliative Medicine Fellowship
The Palliative Medicine Fellowship sponsored by the Department of Family Medicine and Community Health. The fellows work with the faculty at University of Minnesota Health inpatient adult service and palliative care clinic. This affords opportunities to learn from and share with leading academic clinicians who care for patients.
Education for Health Care Professionals

  • Palliative Care Conferences, ELNEC
  • Clinical rotations for health care professionals and students
  • Education on palliative care
  • Pain and symptom management
  • Discussing goals of care
  • Support for patients and families, including pediatric patients
An award-winning leader in supportive care
The Fairview Palliative Care Program has received many awards for outstanding healthcare. Palliative care team members are leaders in local and national education and service organizations. Our clinical team members bring vast experience and specialty training to their work, and are board certified in palliative care. The program also offers education to clinicians and health care professional students.

The program has aso achieved national recognition as a Palliative Care Leadership Center and received the American Hospital Association’s Circle of Life Award for innovation in palliative care. 

Care Team

Palliative Care

Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.

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Our Providers Make the Difference
Fairview features nearly 4,000 providers practicing at over 200 locations throughout the Minneapolis/St. Paul metro area and beyond. Fairview Clinics, University of Minnesota Physicians and our independent partner clinics provide an exceptional care experience, while lowering the overall costs of health care.
Discrimination is Against the Law. We comply with applicable Federal civil rights laws. We do not discriminate against, exclude or treat people differently because of race, color, national origin, age, disability or sex.
 
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