Complex care is specialised medical care for people living with a serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of the illness. It is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support.
As opposed to curative care, which is meant to cure a disease, complex care is meant to make the patient more comfortable. The definition of complex care is “to make a disease or its symptoms less severe or unpleasant without removing the cause.”
Complex care will lessen or “palliate” the symptoms and improve your quality of life. Complex care is based on the needs of the patient, not on the patient’s prognosis. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.