The Division of Palliative Care & Geriatric Medicine at Massachusetts General Hospital offers a wide range of clinical expertise including inpatient services, outpatient programs and home based programs. Our palliative care clinicians provide relief from pain and symptoms during a serious illness, while our geriatricians provide multidisciplinary care to patients that are 65 and older.
A Team Approach
We work closely with the patient's primary care physician and hospital specialists, nurses, chaplains, psychiatrists and pharmacists to help meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of patients and their families. Patients work with a care team to create a personalized and coordinated health care plan. The teams can help patients better understand their health care needs, maintain an accurate medication list and see specialists, if necessary. Patients are encouraged to play an active part in their health care by asking questions, communicating with their care team and collaborating to reach healthy goals.
I have spent years seeking comprehensive, respectful, professional medical care for both my parents. This is the first time that I have believed we are finally in good hands. It is extremely difficult to find a competent, skilled physician who treats the needs of the whole individual, particularly one who is older. You were not only very thorough, but you took the time to understand all the issues and have the skill to be able to evaluate, diagnose and recommend solutions.
A Foundation of Advocacy & Awareness
The Division of Palliative Care & Geriatrics is committed to strengthening institutional support for students and fellow clinicians and establishing standards of clinical excellence in the field. We participate in research and promote operational changes to improve palliative-care practice and geriatric medicine throughout Mass General and beyond.