The North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force is committed
to improving the quality of life of those facing serious
health conditions by promoting patient-centered
palliative care and improving access to services.
Although it is one of the fastest growing trends in
healthcare, palliative care is often misunderstood. The
task is set up to develop educational opportunities for
providers, patients, and community members to help them
clearly understand palliative care and the benefits it
offers. The task force aims to increase awareness and
utilization throughout the state of North Dakota to
improve the quality of life of its citizens.
What Is Palliative Care?
Palliative care is specialized medical care for people
with serious illnesses. It is appropriate at any age and at
any stage in a serious illness and can be provided
together with curative treatment; it is not limited to
end of life. Palliative care promotes quality of life by
addressing the physical, psychological, emotional,
cultural, social, and spiritual needs of patients and
families. It offers treatment of pain and other symptoms;
relief from worry and distress of illnesses; close
communication about goals of care; and well-coordinated care
during illness transition. It also provides care across treatment
settings and support for family/caregivers; and offers a
sense of safety in the healthcare system.