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Specialized Medical Care

An extra layer of support for patients and families at any stage of a serious illness.

The Palliative Care Program at Penn Medicine strives to ease the physical, emotional, spiritual, and social impact of serious illness on individuals and families through an interdisciplinary approach that emphasizes expert clinical care, comprehensive educational programs, and innovative research.

Penn Palliative Care offers you and your family additional support, unique to your needs, throughout the course of a serious, chronic, or life-threatening illness. This comprehensive program includes inpatient, outpatient, and home-based palliative care services (provided through Penn Home Palliative Care). Palliative Care clinicians provide assistance in treating complex symptoms, offer extra emotional and psychosocial support, and the opportunity to discuss and establish your treatment goals. Our multidisciplinary, interprofessional team works collaboratively with your regular care team to help you and your family achieve your treatment goals.

Penn Palliative Care strives to ensure that all people with a serious illness — especially those who experience disparities due to ability, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, race, sexual orientation, size, or spiritual practice — have the opportunity to engage in conversation about their goals, values, and priorities.

Did you know?

Palliative care is specialized medical care focused on relieving the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage, and you can have it along with curative treatment. The goal is to improve your quality of life.

Inpatient Palliative Care

Penn offers palliative care consultations for inpatients and their families at all six Penn Medicine hospitals.

Outpatient Palliative Care

Penn offers several outpatient palliative care clinics. Your team will help identify which clinic will best suit your needs.

Palliative Care FAQs

Find answers to commonly asked questions regarding Penn Medicine's Palliative Care program.


Our specialist palliative care team includes physicians, advanced practice providers, social workers, pharmacists, and chaplains.

Opportunities for Giving

Your gift to the Penn Palliative Care Program helps us provide high-quality, compassionate care to patients in need. Every gift helps.
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