Palliative Care Program
Palliative care addresses each patient as a whole person, including his or her physical comfort, confidence, emotional well-being, spirituality, and dignity. Because family members are also involved in a person's illness, the palliative care team supports them and helps them feel informed as well.
Since no two people are alike, our team works closely with patients, their loved ones, and their clinicians. Taking into account the patient's personal values and treatment preferences, together we discuss and create a one-of-a-kind approach that includes what matters most to each individual.
We envision a world in which attention to comfort and quality of life are integral within health care for people who are injured or ill as well as their families, and in which illness, caregiving, death and grief are accepted as normal, healthy aspects of the life of individuals, families and communities.
The Palliative Care Program is committed to improving comfort and quality of life for patients and families with life-limiting illness or injury and complex needs who are served by DHMC, the Dartmouth Alliance and providers in our region. The Palliative Care Program advances this mission through providing and modeling excellent clinical care, and through research, education (of ourselves, trainees and colleagues) and through participation in community-based efforts to improve access to and quality of palliative care in our region.
The Palliative Care Program is committed to excellence and conducts ongoing activities to identify patients in need of specialized palliative interventions and to continually improve quality of care and clinical services we provide. The team models best practices in care through the end of life, develops creative approaches to serving patients and families, and proactively identifies opportunities to use resources more effectively.
- Read our pamphlet, Living Well with Serious Illness (PDF), about palliative care services and resources available through the Cancer Center.
- Visit GetPalliativeCare.org to learn more about palliative care.
- Advance Directives are written instructions about your health care wishes. See why it is important for you and your family to have these documents in your medical record if you have a health crisis that leaves you unable to speak for yourself. It is a gift to your family in a time of crisis and stress.
- Palliative Medicine Fellowship