Kim Fredrickson, a writer for Pulmonary Fibrosis News, sums up palliative care and what it means for pulmonary fibrosis patients.
As a reminder, palliative care is treatment focused on relieving and preventing symptoms that are distressing. Receiving palliative care does not mean you cannot also receive curative care, such as participating in research studies, being evaluated for a lung transplant, and considering new medications. It is not hospice care, which is treatment administered in the last months of life. Palliative medicine involves a myriad of healthcare professionals who consider physical, psychosocial, and spiritual factors in their treatment approach.
Our nurse explained the factors that determine if a patient is eligible for palliative care. They look at whether a patient is able to perform basic activities of daily life (ADL), which are measures of independence.