When palliative care is the best care for patients

SEATTLE — Leanne Henry winced. Five weeks had passed since her liver transplant, and she hurt just lying still.

Katie Schlenker softly touched her leg. “Are you still in a lot of pain?”

Henry, a petite mother of five who has been hospitalized since early September, closed her eyes and nodded. “It’s not like an ache,” she told her doctor. “It’s pain that just won’t go away.”

Schlenker is a physician unlike most at the University of Washington Medical Center. A palliative care doctor, her role is to comfort her patients instead of cure them, to help them cope with their illnesses rather than to treat them. More.

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About The Rev. Thomas C. Jackson

Ordained to the priesthood in December, 2010.
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