What is Palliative Care?

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The Palliative Care Center of Excellence strives to keep the most up to date list of events happening locally and nationally in Palliative Medicine.  If you have seen a recent news item or know of an event related to palliative care you'd like to see listed, please let us know.

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Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses, focusing on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of a serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal of palliative care is to improve quality of life for both patients and families provided by a team of doctors, nurses, and other specialists working with a patient's other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.

Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage

in a serious illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment.




































Palliative care: Helping patients improve quality of life
This video tells two stories: 
*A  patient's widow and a patient with an artificial heart. Two physicians describe UW Medicine's approach to palliative care.
*Palliative care helps patients with serious illnesses and their families choose medical care that respects their needs, reduces pain and improves quality of life
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UW Medicine Podcast

The Essence of Palliative Care


On this episode of UW Medicine Pulse we meet some remarkable people who have made caring for the seriously and terminally ill their specialty; and who say, though it can be difficult, it is also inspiring and rewarding to help patients plan for the final stages of life.


Center Cores


    The Administrative Core of the Palliative Care Center of Excellence, led by Jimmy Hoard, oversees the Center’s coordination and development with a focus on achieving its goals and mission.


     Activities include: provide support for the Center’s Directors, faculty and staff who are part of the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations; facilitate access for Center members to grant and contract specialists to assist with proposal development and submission; and provide infrastructure and administrative support for Center activities.    more ....


    The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core is directed by Helene Starks, PhD  MPH with the goal of assisting and facilitating the evaluation of all Center of Excellence activities,  including coordinating and standardizing metrics and measures and providing evaluation and measurement support for Center activities.


    The Metrics, Quality & Evaluation Core supports the Educational, Clinical and Research Operations through defining, collecting and analyzing data and metrics examining the impact of palliative care on patients, families, providers, trainees and UW medicine as a health system.  more ...


     The Pilot Grant Program will provide financial and administrative support for post-graduate and junior faculty conducting pilot and feasibility studies to generate preliminary data for larger grant proposals.


    The Center is not yet accepting applications, but will announce the application process in 2014. more ....




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Dr. Diane Meier,  presents:


“Palliative and Geriatric Medicine:

Matching Care to Our Patient’s Needs.”


Friday, September 26, 2014


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Cambia Health Foundation Sojourns Awards
October 2, 2014


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Karl A. Lorenz, MD MSHS presents:


“Measuring the Quality of Palliative Care:

Challenges and Opportunities”


Wednesday, October 15, 2014


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Atul Gawande Presents:

"Dying with Dignity"


MONDAY, OCTOBER 20, 2014, 7:30 – 8:45 PM
Location: Town Hall


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