November is National Hospice and Palliative Care Month

photos of healthcare providers and patients with text "National Hospice & Palliative Care Month"

Palliative care (pronounced pal-lee-uh-tiv) is both a philosophy of care and a type of medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family and takes into account not just physical suffering but also mental, emotional, psychological, and spiritual suffering that often accompanies serious illness.  Palliative care is often provided by a specially trained team of physicians, nurses, social workers, and chaplains who work together with a person’s other doctors to provide support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

Learn more about palliative care this month by exploring the following resources and events:


Visit Lane Library’s Palliative Care Subject Guide

Use the guide to access relevant books, journals, articles, and more curated by Heida Earnest, Lane Library’s Hospice and Palliative Medicine liaison.


Attend Everything You Want to Know About Palliative Care

Thursday, November 19th:  12pm-1pm PST

This free webinar for the general public will clarify what palliative care is, with a panel of each member of the interdisciplinary team.  They will discuss their role, and how they collaborate to provide people living with serious illness and their loved ones a better quality of life, by caring for the whole person– body, mind, spirit. The webinar is co-hosted by UCSF’s MERI Center for Education in Palliative Care at Mt. Zion, and Stanford’s Palliative Care Health Education, Engagement, and Promotion program.


Explore Stanford Palliative Care on Twitter

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