Palliative Medicine & Supportive Care Services
Providing quality of life support to New Orleans residents
University Medical Center's Palliative Medicine Services provide a comprehensive approach to improving the quality of life for people who are living with serious illnesses. Our team of doctors, social workers, and therapists will work collaboratively with a patient’s entire medical team and their families to provide medical, emotional and social support needed to cope with serious illness.
What is Palliative Medicine?
Palliative Medicine is an interdisciplinary subspecialty of medicine that provides comprehensive treatment of physical, emotional, cultural and spiritual needs related to serious illness or injury. To "palliate" means to "ease," and the focus of Palliative Medicine is to ease the suffering that results from illness and to reduce caregiver stress.
Who benefits from Palliative Medicine?
Any patient going through the course of serious illness can benefit from Palliative Medicine.
It includes and is not limited to diagnoses such as:
- Advanced cancer (metastatic/recurring)
- Advanced heart disease
- Stroke (with decreased function of at least 50 percent)
- Advanced renal disease
- Advanced neurologic disease including advanced Alzheimer’s disease with severe dementia and medical complications
- Advanced liver disease
Visits will include a consultation with our Palliative Medicine physician and social worker. Visits with a psychologist and chaplain can be arranged. Our clinic is available Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1-5 p.m. and is located in the Ambulatory Care Building (ACB), Clinic 5A.