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1 August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care1

2 Produced with the support of the California HealthCare Foundation August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care2

3 Palliate =to make less severe In health care, to palliate means to lessen the severity of pain or disease without curing or removing the underlying cause. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care3

4 Remember this! Palliative care treats, prevents, or relieves the symptoms of a serious or chronic illness but does not cure it. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care4

5 Palliative care + curative care Remember this too! Palliative care alone, when curative care is no longer helpful. OR August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care5

6 In a nutshell Palliative care August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care6 improves the quality of life for patients who are facing serious illness as well as for their family and friends.

7 Palliative care Hospice care Pain management Comfort care August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care7

8 BOTH palliative care and hospice... August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care8

9 Hospice... August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care9

10 Hospice... August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care10

11 Palliative Care Graphic by Anne Kinderman, MD; used with permission. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care11

12 But what about “comfort care”? August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care12

13 Palliative care provides: Time for meetings and counseling. Expertise in managing physical and emotional symptoms. Support in resolving conflicts. Coordination of care across settings. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care13

14 ..is a team effort! Palliative Care.. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care14

15 Palliative care teams help with: Establishing goals of care Managing symptoms Patient discharge Difficult conversations August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care15

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17 Remember You are interpreting meaning. Are there messages communicated only by context, tone or word choice? Are there cultural issues? August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care17

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19 Palliative care emphasizes Maximizing quality of life. Management of pain and symptoms. Communication among the treating physicians. Coordination of medical and supportive services. Assistance with patient decision-making about care. Support for caregivers. Delivery by a team, including interpreters. August 2011Interpreting in Palliative Care19

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