Neuropalliative care is a medical specialty that aims to improve the quality of life for patients and families facing serious, life-limiting neurological illnesses. Our team uses a comprehensive, whole-person approach that addresses not only a person's medical issues, but also their emotional, spiritual and social needs. Neuropalliative care is available to patients and families at any stage of their disease. It is not limited to end-of-life care.
Patients who have been diagnosed with these neurological conditions may benefit from neuropalliative care:
- Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)
- Parkinson's disease
- Brain tumors
- Huntington's disease
- Duchenne's muscular dystrophy
Neuropalliative care is part of UC San Diego Health's
Palliative Care Program. It is led by
Dr. Kevin McGehrin, a board-certified palliative care physician and neurologist. Our services include:
- Help with managing symptoms of neurological conditions
- Advance care planning, including making medical plans for the future or completing advance care directives
- Emotional, spiritual or social support for patients, family and caregivers
- Help managing transitions in care, including referrals to hospice services when appropriate
We work alongside your other physicians to help create a plan that supports you and your family as you continue to receive treatment. Please ask your neurologist or primary care physician for a referral to palliative care. We encourage you to begin these services early in your care.