Palliative Care Program
Palliative care helps patients with serious illness live as well and fully as possible. It can help at all stages of illness and be provided along with other treatments. Palliative care helps treat pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, and other physical symptoms. Palliative care also provides emotional and spiritual support to patients and families, and helps them make decisions and coordinate care. Research shows that having palliative care early in your treatment can improve the quality of your life and even help you live longer.
The Palliative Care team at BIDMC includes members of various disciplines: physicians, nurse practitioners, social workers, and interfaith chaplains. The team works with your doctors to give you an extra layer of support at any stage of your disease.
If you or a loved one has just been diagnosed with a serious illness, consider making an appointment with the Palliative Care team. We provide comprehensive and coordinated care for patients on an inpatient and outpatient basis. Our goal is to ensure that all BIDMC patients and families receive the life-affirming palliative care services they need, and that all BIDMC staff have the support they need in providing those services.