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Pain and Palliative Care

What to Expect During Your Consultation

  • A physician or nurse practitioner from the Pain and Palliative Care Service (PPCS) will meet you and introduce the service.

  • The team member will sit down and talk to you about physical symptoms or emotional/spiritual issues that are causing you or your family distress.

    • Ex. Pain, nausea, trouble sleeping, anxiety, financial concerns, family stress

  • A focused exam may be performed to assess bothersome symptoms or pain.

  • After meeting you, the PPCS provider will discuss possible recommendations with your team and they may make changes based on what is appropriate for your care.

    • Recommendations could include:

      • Medications

      • Complementary therapies (ex. Reiki, massage, acupuncture, biofeedback)

      • Referrals: social work, pet therapy, art therapy, recreation therapy, massage therapy, acupuncture

  • While in the hospital, the PPCS is available to see you during the weekdays

  • As an outpatient, you can be seen in the clinic with frequency of visits based on your needs

Pain and Palliative Care Service (PPCS) staff speaking with a patient

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This page last updated on 03/03/2021

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