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Information for Referring Physicians

We treat patients with advanced illnesses and symptoms such as dyspnoea, loss of appetite, fatigue, weight loss, cachexia, sarcopenia, pain, nausea and vomiting, psychological distress, etc.

As the term palliative medicine/palliative care raises many questions, but also fears and reluctance in many patients, we would like to ask you to cooperate with us in clarifying your individual palliative care needs.

A Palliative Care Unit is autonomous with regard to the admission, treatment and discharge of patients: hospice and palliative care provision in Austria


The aim of palliative care is to improve the symptoms associated with advanced illness.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Fatigue
  • Anxiety
  • Depression
  • Cachexia/sarcopenia
  • Lack of appetite
  • Nausea and vomiting

Palliative care is primarily concerned with providing comprehensive relief of distressing symptoms on a physical, psychological, social and spiritual level, in accordance with the needs of the patient and their family, for a period of about three weeks, after which discharge home or to an appropriate facility is arranged.

  • Discharge management: To be arranged by the social workers.
  • An immediate need for nursing care without symptom burden.
  • The immediate dying process: The transfer of patients in the immediate dying process represents an unbearable stress situation for the patients and their environment, is unethical and is therefore not inidcated. In this situation, palliative care counselling service is possible.
  • A Palliative Care Unit is no long-term care facility. Hospices or nursing homes are intended for this purpose.