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Palliative Care Program

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FAQs

What is your philosophy of care?

At the Roger Williams Medical Center, we believe in patient-centered care. It is all about you and what is most important to you. Living with a serious illness can be challenging.  Patients may be dealing with pain or discomfort, and are often faced with life-altering choices. Our Palliative Care Service provides symptom management, help with medical decision-making, enhanced psychosocial and spiritual support and coordination of care for patients and families confronting a serious illness.  Our mission is to optimize quality of life regardless of diagnosis or prognosis.

What can we do for you?

We help patients who are currently receiving life-prolonging treatment as well as patients considering comfort-focused care by providing relief of symptoms and  distress. We commonly deal with pain, nausea, depression, confusion and shortness of breath.  We also assist in discussions and decisions regarding  treatment options and help match your treatment with your values and preferences.

Who can receive our services?

Our palliative care team provides  services across the continuum of care, from hospitalization, to ambulatory clinic, to home care.  Adult patients and families dealing with cancer of any stage, heart failure, chronic lung conditions, chronic kidney disease, dementia, cirrhosis, stroke and other serious illnesses can benefit from our services.

Would I lose my primary physician?

You do not lose your primary physician when you are seen by the palliative care service. We closely collaborate with your hospital physician, your primary care physician and other staff members who are currently involved in your care.

How is Palliative care different from Hospice?

Palliative Care can be provided at any stage of the patient's illness. Hospice is a form of  palliative care traditionally provided within the last six months of a sick patient's life.