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Department of Medicine

Department of Medicine

  Division of General Internal Medicine

Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics


Section of Palliative Care and Medical Ethics


For Health Care Providers

The goal of palliative care is to help patients achieve the best possible quality of life through relief of suffering, control of symptoms, and restoration of functional capacity while remaining sensitive to the values of the patient and family. Palliative care affirms life and views dying as a natural process that is a profoundly personal experience for the patient and their family. You can help guide the patient and their family as they face disease progression and help those who wish to address issues of life feel a sense of completion and closure. The palliative care team supports the attending physician and other health care providers. They do not replace the patient’s established health care team.

Services Provided by the Palliative Care Team

The team consists of a nurse practitioner, physician, pharmacist, and psychologist, all of whom have special expertise in palliative care. They provide:

Resources

If you would like additional information, please call 412-692-4834 or e-mail Dr. Robert Arnold at rabob@pitt.edu.