Palliative Care

Palliative Care

Relieving the pain, symptoms, and stress of serious illness
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family.

Palliative care is provided by a specially trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patients' other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provide along with curative treatment.

In Tennessee, our elected officials deemed palliative care so important that the General Assembly created the Palliative Care and Quality of Life Task Force in 2017. The group met three times and issued a
report in January 2018.  Among the recommendations was the creation of a State Palliative Care and Quality of Life Advisory Council, which was established by the General Assembly in May 2018. The Council will hold its inaugural meeting Sept. 26, 2018.