November is Palliative Care Month. What is palliative care? Palliative care provides relief to a patient with a serious illness through symptom and pain management. The goal of palliative care is to provide improved comfort to patients and families while maintaining the highest possible quality of life – even if a cure cannot be reached. The Freeman Health System palliative care team also supports patients and families with emotional and spiritual needs.
Christopher Black, MD
Christopher Black, MD, is a palliative care physician at Freeman Health System in Joplin, Missouri.