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Palliative Care ECHO

Our VCU Health Palliative Care ECHO program partners with community practices caring for patients with serious illness and applies our interdisciplinary care team - a mix of physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, chaplains and more - to provide patient care support and education throughout Virginia.

We have a long-standing palliative care program with an inpatient unit, consult service and supportive care clinic to provide serious illness care. Many communities in Virginia do not have access to palliative care and we're here to help.

Contact us for more information or help with any questions about our program.

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About Palliative Care

Palliative care is a specialty that improves the quality of life of patients and their families who are facing problems associated with life limiting illness. Although most frequently associated with cancer, palliative care can be a resource for any patient with life limiting illness, including CHF, COPD, dementia, cirrhosis and end stage renal disease. In contrast to hospice, patients can access palliative care without being in the terminal stages of life and while continuing disease directed therapies.

Palliative care is holistic care that is generally provided by an interdisciplinary team and patients may be referred for:

  • symptom management, including pain, shortness of breath and anxiety
  • "goals of care" or code status
  • wishes for further disease directed care
  • transitions of care and
  • patient/family support.