Promoting the relief of suffering through compassionate care
Palliative care is the active total care of patients whose disease or symptoms may not respond to curative treatment.
The goal of palliative care is to prevent and relieve suffering and to support the best quality of life for patients and their families, regardless of the stage of the disease or the need for other therapies.
At Duke, palliative care for adults and children is provided by an interdisciplinary team. The team aims to:
The provision of palliative care is recognized as a standard required by the Joint Commission on Accreditation of Hospitals, and is used as a criterion for rankings of excellence by U.S.News & World Report.
To reach the adult palliative care consult team, page us at 919-970-CARE (970-2273). If you are interested in receiving an inpatient palliative care consult, please discuss this with your physician.
For pediatric palliative care consults, dial 919-970-HELP (970-4357) Monday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.