"Intermountain has recently chosen to adopt and implement palliative care throughout their system," said Dr. Gary Garner, Medical Director Palliative Care/Hospice at Intermountain Healthcare.
It works like this.
Traditionally when an individual receives a diagnosis of a serious illness a medical team steps in with advice and direction.
Palliative care fills that gap, offering a holistic approach in which a team listens to the patient and offers education, including information about available options.
In addition to the education, patients receive help with whatever decision they reach. If they decide to forego treatment, they can receive help with their pain. If they are treated, they may find help how to get through the treatment while maintaining a better quality of life.
Palliative care brings help for patients with serious conditions