Palliative Care in Heart Transplantation

Melissa I. Owen*, Lynne T. Braun, Rebekah J. Hamilton, Kathleen L. Grady, Rebecca A. Gary, Tammie E. Quest

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The purpose of this article is to describe palliative care incorporation within the care of heart transplant patients. Palliative care is a holistic approach to care that includes symptom management and goal setting to improve patients’ quality of life. Palliative care is designed to be used with patients who have chronic illness that impacts quality of life and should be incorporated early in the disease. All providers have a responsibility to be knowledgeable in palliative care approaches and to know when to refer a patient for specialty palliative care services. This article will describe palliative care, research study findings, and current professional guideline recommendations for patients. The article also describes challenges and barriers to the use of palliative care in heart transplant patients and strategies to address these challenges and barriers.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)144-146
Number of pages3
JournalProgress in Transplantation
Issue number2
StatePublished - Jun 1 2020


  • heart failure
  • heart transplant
  • palliative care
  • quality of life

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Transplantation


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