Understanding Palliative Care

Part of our Aging Well series

Palliative care and hospice care are often brought up together, and are often misunderstood. Long before the topic comes up for you or a loved one, you need to know: What’s the difference between the two? When are they each appropriate, and how are they accessed?

In this online session with Kathryn Schlenker, DO, you’ll learn the definition of palliative care and hear about what it includes. Dr. Schlenker will differentiate between palliative care and hospice, discuss advance care planning, and provide resources for accessing palliative care.


Kathryn Schlenker, DO

Board-certified Physician, Palliative Care Service, UW Medical Center
Assistant Professor of General Internal Medicine

Kathryn Schlenker, DO, is a palliative care physician and the associate medical director of the inpatient palliative care consultation service at the UW Medical Center Montlake. She provides direct patient care, including symptom management, support, and guidance with complex medical decision-making, for patients and families facing serious illness. She provides palliative care and end-of-life education throughout the hospital and acts as an educator for medical students, residents, and fellows.

In her spare time, Dr. Schlenker enjoys spending time outside with her family, cycling, and running.