About NCP & Our History


The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (NCP) – a task force of the National Coalition of Hospice and Palliative Care (NCHPC) represents a groundbreaking initiative to further define and underscore the value of palliative care and to improve upon the delivery of palliative care in the United States.

Palliative care is both a philosophy of care and an organized, highly structured system for the delivery of care. A major objective of the NCP is to heighten awareness of palliative care as an option in treating those with a life-limiting or chronic debilitating illness, condition, or injury, and to raise public understanding of the growing need for such care.

The administrative home of the NCP is based in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania at the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), one of six coalition partner organizations comprising the NCPHC.


The work of the National Consensus Project began in 2002, and over the last decade, a NCP Task Force representing the original four Coalition organizations [American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM), Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC), Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA), National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)] developed and disseminated three very successful versions of the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care (2004, 2009, and 2013). These guidelines have served as a framework for the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices and have become the hallmark document within the field guiding policy makers, providers, practitioners, and consumers in understanding the principles of quality palliative care.