University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics

Pain Management

The pain management care team provides management for prolonged, treatment-resistant pain, as well as pain from cancer. The care team works with patients and their families to explore options designed to maximize quality of life and overall function.

Our evaluation and treatment programs use an interdisciplinary approach that includes specialists in pain medicine, neurology, neurosurgery, orthopedic surgery, oncology, gynecology, pediatrics and alternative medicine. Pain management care is distributed throughout all of our clinical services, and specific pain care needs can be addressed in the Pain Medicine Clinic.

Palliative care is a multidisciplinary approach where nurses, social workers, physicians, music therapists and chaplains help patients and their families concentrate on reducing the severity of disease symptoms, rather than striving to halt, delay, or reverse progression of the disease itself or provide a cure. These extensive teams are specialists in symptom management, particularly pain, nausea, delirium and shortness of breath.

The pediatric palliative care team at UI Children's Hospital collaborates with the patient's medical team to coordinate care and manage symptoms. Palliative care is intended to achieve the best possible quality of life for the child and family, and when death is inevitable, to support the child and family.

Why Choose Us?

The University of Iowa is the only institution in the state that conducts basic science research into the causes of and treatments for pain with a world-class array of clinical services for people needing help in managing pain. Our teams are drawn from world-renowned experts in cancer, anesthesia, pharmacology, bone and joint health, surgery, nursing, arthritis, and many other disciplines. Each team is created to focus on the specific needs of the patient. The University of Iowa is also a national clearinghouse for clinical research into pain.

Palliative Care Services is aware of the pain our patients experience, and we strive to provide comfort and care throughout the entirety of one’s life. The service aims to decrease suffering and increase quality of life by embracing the emotional, social and spiritual needs of the patients.

  • University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is one of the only institutions in Iowa to offer palliative care for patients.
  • Our team approach includes therapy professionals, chaplains and other spiritual counselors, social workers and pain-management experts.

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