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 ... Read More

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones. Visit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) ... Read More

Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths

Hospice strongly advocates good pain control for terminally ill patients, even to the point of using narcotic drugs (opiates) such as morphine as they are needed. With all the concern about drug abuse, patients and their families and friends sometimes question this use of narcotics. Are we pushing "dope"? Or are we practicing good medicine? This web page explores some of the myths about the use of narcotics for pain control. Visit Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths ... Read More

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way we Provider Care at the End of Life

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way We Provide Care at the End of Life published by the National Coalition on Health Care and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in October, 2000. This report presents the stories of institutions and organizations that made a commitment to change and innovation to improve care at the end of life. The profiles presented in this report reflect some of the most promising pioneering efforts underway in the field of palliative care. RAND’s Center to Improve Care ... Read More

Reluctant Realism – Latino Perspective on End of Life Issues

Reluctant Realism by Margaret R. McLean and Margaret A. Graham published in Issues in Ethics, Winter, 2003 Volume 14, Number 1, Markkula Center for Applied Ethics, Santa Clara University pp. 7-9. To assist in the goal of improving the Latino health care experience in the San Jose community, 66 adults agreed to participate in a series of three focus group sessions that explored their attitudes and concerns regarding end-of-life care. This article presents their views of death and dying, their ... Read More

Sonoma County Health Action

In August 2007, the Sonoma County Board of Supervisors authorized the Department of Health Services to convene a health action council (now called “Health Action”) to work on improving health and health care for all Sonoma County residents. Health Action’s over-arching mission is community health improvement. Building on the interest and commitment of many community leaders, the Department of Health Services has recruited and convened a diverse, multidisciplinary group to identify priority ... Read More

Stop Pain

The Department of Pain Medicine and Palliative Care at Beth Israel Medical Center is dedicated to providing comprehensive care of the highest quality in pain management and palliative care, and advancing the educational and research aims of these disciplines.

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