Palliative Care

Palliative Care

What is Palliative Care:

Palliative care is specialized medical care for people with serious illnesses. This type of care is focused on providing patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, and stress of serious illness, whatever the diagnosis. The goal is to improve the quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a team of physicians, nurses and other specialists who work with a patient’s other health care providers to provide an extra layer of support. Palliative care is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness and can be provided together with curative treatment. 

Colorado Standards for Hospitals and Health Facilities, Chapter 2 – General Licensure Standards (6 CCR 1011-1 Chap 02)

The Palliative Care Report is a multi-stakeholder effort to re-evaluate the state of Palliative Care in Colorado.  This is the third version of this report and is intended to give a picture of the availability of Palliative Care Services throughout Colorado, as well as other key factors to help state-wide Palliative Care efforts.  The survey was performed by Hospice Analytics with financial support from CDPHE, the Department of Health Care Policy and Finance (HCPF), and American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network.  

In addition to the report, CIVHC created an interactive map where providers and patients can locate Palliative Care Services near them. 

Reports / Data 
Download Palliative Care in Colorado Report
















Download Palliative Care in Colorado Report

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If you have questions or would like to learn more, please feel free to reach out to Jenn Klus, MPH at or Kari Degerness, MBA, LNHA at

I am a patient, is Palliative Care right for me?

Information on what palliative care is and how it can be a resource to help you navigate all the challenges that come along with living well with serious illness.

I’m a Caregiver

Resources and information for those providing care for Coloradans living with illness.

Advance Care Planning

Did you know?

In Colorado, no one can automatically make medical decisions for you. This means not even your spouse, adult children, nor doctor.  Because of this, it is very important to name a person who would speak for you based on your wishes. It is recommended that all Coloradans older than 18 think about their values and choose a decision maker.

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