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Who to Refer for Palliative Care

Patient with a particular diagnosis may qualify, such as:

  • Cancer (Metastatic/Recurrent)
  • Advanced Cardiac Disease
  • Advanced COPD
  • Kidney Failure
  • Liver Failure
  • Dementia
  • Other life-limiting illness

Patients suffering from particular symptoms, such as:

  • Difficult Pain management issues
  • Uncontrolled dyspnea
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Lack of appetite
  • Uncontrolled nausea/vomiting
  • Constipation

Patients wtih other needs can be referred, such as:

  • Family discord
  • Psychosocial or spiritual distress
  • Assitance with determining goals of care
  • Help with Advance Directives
  • Assistance with making complex or difficult decisions