The palliative care physician has responsibility for the medical care and treatment plan provided for seriously ill patients on the palliative care service. The physician shall consult and cooperate with the patient's attending physician(s). The physician provides direction and guidance to palliative team members to ensure that quality care is provided, and to ensure knowledge of and adherence to palliative care standards, policies and procedures. The palliative care physician will provide education to both interdisciplinary palliative care team members as well as to practicing physicians and others engaged in health care services regarding palliative care and its potential benefits for patients with advanced, serious illness.
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