Improving Quality of Life with Palliative Care
The palliative care programs at Scripps Health seeks to improve quality of life and decrease suffering for patients with serious, chronic or life-threatening illness.
Such care may involve:
- Managing pain and other adverse symptoms
- Facilitating clear communication and decision-making
- Providing emotional, psychosocial and spiritual support
Palliative care personnel work closely with members of the medical care team — nurses, pharmacists, doctors and physical therapists — to ensure that patients and their families are as comfortable as possible, and understand all aspects of the care plan.
Scripps Health recognizes the importance of each component of patient support: that medical care is more than physical treatment, and must address the whole person.