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Palliative Care Guidance & Consults

Sarasota Memorial’s Palliative Medicine team provides an extra layer of support for seriously ill patients and their families during a hospital stay. Our palliative care team works with each patient’s primary care physicians and other healthcare providers to help address pain, anxiety, weight loss and other symptoms. Palliative care is not just for Hospice patients; it can help patients of any age, at any stage of their illness, and can be provided together with curative treatment. Our team’s expertise in making prognoses can help physicians develop a comprehensive care plan, and it can help patients and their families prepare for the future. For consults, call (941) 917-7572.

Physician Resources

As a member of the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Sarasota Memorial, along with FPG physicians, iCare providers and our staff, have access to the tools, training and technical assistance offered by CAPC for frontline clinicians. You can access all of these tools and resources at

Among other materials, CAPC Central provides access to:

  • Highly interactive Pain Management and Communication Skills online training
  • Webinars and Virtual Office Hours with CAPC faculty
  • Moderated Discussion Forums
  • Over 400 additional tools
  • ‘How To Use CAPC Central’ video to use CAPC Central


If you need CAPC log-in assistance, please email

Additional Tools & Reference

Educational Tools


Professional Organizations




  • On Death and Dying, Elizabeth Kubler Ross
  • Being Mortal, Atul Gawande
  • Extreme Measures: Finding a Better Path to End of Life Care, Jessica Nutik Zitter
  • When Breath Becomes Air, Paul Kalanithi
  • End of Your Life Book Club, Will Schwalbe
  • Being With Dying, Roshi Joan Halifax
  • Final Gifts, Maggie Callanan & Patricia Kelley
  • Tuesdays with Morrie and The Five People You Meet in Heaven, Mitch Albom
  • Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Feeding Tubes, Palliative Care, Comfort Measures, and the Patient with a Serious Illness, 6th Ed. Hank Dunn
  • Handbook for Mortals Guidance for People Facing Serious Illness, Joanne Lynn, MD and Joan Harrold, MD
  • Difficult Conversations, Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton and Sheila Heen
  • Living Well and Dying Faithfully, John Swinton & Richard Payne;  
  • Controversies in the Determination of Death, A White Paper by the President's Council on Bioethics, December  2008.
  • How We Die: Reflections on Life’s Final Chapter, Sherwin B. Nuland
  • Dying Well  and Midwife through the Dying Process, Ira Byock, MD
  • The Book of Joy, a Conversation with Archbishop Desmond Tutu & His Holiness the Dali Lama

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