Any patient that has been diagnosed with a chronic illness and experiences ongoing negative symptoms can benefit from palliative treatment. This care plan can be provided during any stage of a chronic illness and is not just for terminally ill patients. Additionally, this type of care can be received along with treatment provided from a primary physician.
Palliative care focuses on the relief of pain and symptoms, meeting spiritual needs, and providing emotional support to patients and family members. Patients receiving palliative treatment will have access to counseling and a number of other emotional, mental, and spiritual services that will enhance their overall quality of life.