Palliative Care Frequently Asked Questions

What does the UAMS palliative care team do?

Our team of board-certified physicians, nurses, social workers and chaplains works closely with you and your primary medical team to provide:

  • Expert treatment of pain and symptoms that affect your quality of life
  • Open communication and compassionate care
  • Help with navigating the healthcare system
  • Help with difficult treatment choices
  • Home care coordination and referrals
  • Inpatient and outpatient care
  • Emotional and spiritual support for you and your family
  • Advance care planning information

What can I expect from palliative care?

  • Better understanding of your condition and your choices for medical care
  • Relief from symptoms such as pain, shortness of breath, fatigue, constipation, nausea, loss of appetite and difficulty sleeping
  • Improved ability to carry on with your daily life
  • Improved ability to tolerate medical treatments

Who can benefit from palliative care?

Palliative care services can help anyone with a serious illness. Some common illnesses that are managed by palliative care are cancer, heart failure, HIV and advanced lung disease.

When is the right time for palliative care?

Palliative care helps through all stages of illness. It is the best to begin palliative care early in your care. The team will work with you and your other medical specialists, even while you are receiving curative treatment.

How can I get palliative care?

Ask your doctor for a palliative care referral. The palliative care team works with patients in the hospital, clinic and at home.

Is palliative care the same as hospice care?

Hospice care is meant for patients approaching the last stages of life. Palliative care is appropriate for any stage of a serious illness, including when a patient is using hospice services.

How is palliative care paid for?

Palliative care is a medical specialty that is covered in the same way as other physician visits or hospitalizations.

Learn more about palliative care services at UAMS.