The Palliative Care Service at Yale New Haven Hospital and Smilow Cancer Hospital is dedicated to the care and comfort of seriously ill patients and their families. Palliative care focuses on symptom and pain management and quality of life issues for adult patients with complex, chronic or terminal illnesses at any stage of the illness.
Under the direction of Jennifer Kapo, MD, the Palliative Care Service provides comprehensive interdisciplinary care to patients and their families. Each patient consultation includes a thorough review of the medical history, a physical examination, and a discussion of the symptoms and goals of the patient and his/her family. Ongoing evaluation and follow-up care is then provided as needed.
Our palliative care team specializes in end-of-life supportive care which may include issues such as pain, nausea, shortness of breath, fatigue, medication and/or treatment side-effects. The team also addresses psychosocial issues such as depression, anxiety, disruption of family life and financial concerns. Social work services and spiritual support for the patient and his/her family is also offered.