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MEC-016: Palliative Care

Palliative Care: The Wisconsin Medical Society recognizes palliative care as an approach that improves the quality of life of patients and their families facing the problems associated with life-threatening illness, through the prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems—physical, psychosocial and spiritual.

The Society supports broader understanding of palliative care and its benefits among physicians and the public. Because most palliative care is not performed by palliative care specialists, the Society encourages all physicians to train in basic palliative care skills, including goals-of-care conversations. Palliative care is not synonymous with end-of-life care and should be a part of care for all patients with serious illnes concurrent with curative treatment. (HOD, 0415)