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Palliative Care is More Than End of Life Care, and Its New to North Dakota

Palliative Care is More Than End of Life Care, and Its New to North Dakota

When people hear palliative medicine, it's often associated with death and end of life care. But as CHI Physician, Doctor Laura Archuleta explains, it's much more than that. It's comprehensive, creative pain care, including symptom management, psychotherapy and any extra care that patients with severe chronic illnesses need. It's a rather new field of medicine, especially in North Dakota.

CHI's team of six caretakers includes doctors, nurse practitioners, and social workers. They do in-home visits on top of clinic visits.

Dr. Archuleta shares, "In an ideal world, I tell my patients, I wouldn't have a job. If healthcare was as simple as we'd like it to be, your primary physician would be able to have these in-depth discussions with you and take the time to manage the symptoms. Unfortunately, that's not the way the healthcare system works anymore."

She says they are able to help with any severe, progressive illnesses that impact your level of function. The Palliative Care Physician will be holding a presentation at CHI on Tuesday evening for anyone interested in learning more about palliative care.

That will be at 7 p.m. at the CHI St. Alexius Health Boniface Auditorium.

KX News
Renee Cooper, Reporting