What is Palliative Care?

Palliative Care is a medical specialty for those with serious and/or chronic illnesses such as cancer, congestive heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, renal failure, and dementia. The focus of Palliative Care is quality of life. To palliate means to provide comfort or make less severe.

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Welcome to PAHPM!

Physician Assistants in Hospice and Palliative Medicine (PAHPM) is a non-profit Specialty Organization affiliated with the American Academy of Physician Assistants. Members practice in clinical, research, and education settings.

The mission of the organization is to educate PAs on the fields of Palliative and Hospice medicine in the care of Serious Illness patient populations, to enhance this area of medicine through the utilization of PAs in optimal team practice, and to advocate for PAs in policy arenas on state and national levels and on all levels of care.

This site is dedicated to PAs practicing Hospice and Palliative Medicine and those who want to know more about this field.

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