The Division of Palliative Medicine has a long-standing reputation for teaching compassionate care in an academic medical center environment. Working with our clinical partner, The University of Kansas Health System, our faculty and fellows support patients and families inside the hospital setting and in selected clinics.
Inpatient Palliative Care
The inpatient palliative care teams at The University of Kansas Hospital include physicians, nurses, advance practice providers, social workers, chaplains and learners. This interdisciplinary approach ensures that patients and families receive the highest quality care while dealing with serious illness and life change by offering:
- Symptom management
- Counseling to make sure that patients' preferences are understood and honored
- Facilitation of communication between health care providers.
Patients and families desiring palliative care at The University of Kansas Health System are encouraged to ask their physician for a referral to palliative care. Patients and families may benefit from a one-time consult or may want to plan regular visits to build an ongoing relationship with a palliative care specialist.
Outpatient Palliative Care
Launched in 2013, the Allen J. Block Outpatient Palliative Care Program provides services to patients facing serious illness and their families. The program began at The University of Kansas Cancer Center and has grown to offer services to patients in the Advanced Heart Failure Program and Pulmonary, ALS and Parkinson’s clinics as well.
Interested patients and families can speak with their medical team about a referral to palliative care at The University of Kansas Health System. Some patients benefit from a one-time consult or may want to plan regular visits to build an ongoing relationship with a palliative care specialist.
For pediatric patients and families experiencing complicated medical journeys related to life-limiting or life-altering circumstances, pediatric palliative care is available at The University of Kansas Health System.
Our pediatric palliative care physicians work closely with the pediatrics interdisciplinary teams to provide holistic care, assist with complex medical decision-making, provide ongoing psychosocial support, optimize symptom management and more.
Our faculty physicians primarily serve in the health system’s neonatal intensive care unit and are available for any pediatric patient admitted to the health system.