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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

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.

Understanding Palliative Care
Palliative Care is a medical specialty that focuses on the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs of people with serious illness. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and their families. It is appropriate for patients of any age and stage of illness and is provided together with curative treatments.

Program Description
The Fairview Palliative Care Program began over 15 years ago and was one of the first palliative programs in Minnesota. It is designed to meet the needs of patients with serious illness who benefit from a team approach to care. Palliative care is a medical specialty that focuses on relieving symptoms of a serious illness or treatments. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for patients and families, as an “extra layer of support. “

To learn more, visit: GetPalliativeCare.org and HonoringChoices.org.

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.
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