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Outpatient Palliative Care Service

The UCSF Outpatient Palliative Care Service is dedicated to improving quality of life for patients with serious illnesses other than cancer. These include heart failure, chronic lung disease, kidney disease, liver failure and neurological conditions. Patients with cancer can receive palliative care through the UCSF Cancer Symptom Management Service.

As palliative care specialists, our goal is to ease or eliminate your symptoms, ensure that your medical care wishes are known and honored, and help both you and your caregivers cope. Palliative care can be helpful at any stage of a serious illness, not just end-of-life, and may take place alongside treatments to improve or cure your condition.

We take a comprehensive, whole-person approach. Based on your needs, you may see a doctor, nurse, social worker or chaplain as part of your palliative care. We also partner closely with other medical providers to help you feel more comfortable and supported.

We offer appointments in the clinic, by video and through home visits.

Doctor referral required

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    Awards & recognition

    • usnews-neurology

      Among the top hospitals in the nation

    • Certified in advanced palliative care by the Joint Commission

    Partner organizations

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    By the Bay Health

    Our alliance with By the Bay Health aims to bring the highest quality at-home care to patients needing hospice, palliative and skilled care services.

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    Support services

    Support Group

    Art for Recovery

    Creativity can help people with serious illnesses cope, heal and express what they're going through. Find out about our program and how to join.

    Patient Resource

    Case Management & Social Work

    Connect with a team that can help you find resources, solve problems and advocate for you during treatment at UCSF.


    Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Class

    This eight-week class teaches mindfulness practices that can reduce stress and improve your overall health, such as meditation and body awareness.

    Patient Resource

    Patient Relations

    We welcome feedback about your experience at UCSF Health. Find out how to contact us with comments, questions or concerns.

    Patient Resource

    Spiritual Care Services

    Chaplains representing many faiths are available around the clock to provide support, comfort and counsel to patients, families and caregivers.

    Preparing for your appointment

    What to Bring

    • Photo I.D.
    • Health insurance card
    • List of your medications, including dosages, plus any you're allergic to
    • List of questions you may have
    • Device or paper for taking notes

    International Services

    If you live outside the United States and are coming to UCSF for medical treatment, our patient liaisons can help coordinate all aspects of your visit.

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    Interpreting Services

    UCSF offers interpreters in various languages, including American Sign Language (ASL), as well as services for deaf, hard-of-hearing and visually impaired patients.

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    Hospital Stays

    Make your hospital stay as smooth and comfortable as possible by finding out how to prepare and what to expect.

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    Your Doctor Visit

    See our top 10 tips for making your UCSF doctor’s appointment as stress-free and productive as possible.

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    Related clinics

    Cancer Symptom Management

    Bakar Precision Cancer Medicine Building

    1825 Fourth St.
    San Francisco, CA 94158

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