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National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, a professional consensus from five major US palliative care organizations on clinical guidelines for quality palliative care services adopted in May, 2004 and updated in 2009. These guidelines have served as a foundation for the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices and have become a hallmark within the field guiding policy makers, providers, practitioners and consumers in understanding the principles of quality palliative care.

In 2007, the National Consensus Project Task Force became a formal subcommittee of the Hospice and Palliative Care Coalition (HPCC). There was considerable work to develop the 2009 second edition of the guidelines. The NCP will remain as a sub-committee of the HPCC and plans a revision of the guidelines no later than 2013. HPNA will continue to be retained as the Administrative Home of the NCP guidelines to maintain the NCP website, NCP records, and respond to any NCP inquiries in a timely manner.

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