Palliative Care Guidelines

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition, (NCP Guidelines) creates a blueprint for excellence by establishing a comprehensive foundation for gold-standard palliative care for all people living with serious illness, regardless of their diagnosis, prognosis, age or setting. The NCP Guidelines expand on the eight domains of palliative care in the 3rd edition and include clinical and organizational strategies, screening and assessment elements, practice examples, tools and resources. The NCP Guidelines were developed by 17 national organizations who provided representatives to serve on the steering committee and writing workgroup. Over 90 national organizations have endorsed/supported the 4th edition. 

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Systematic Review

The RAND Evidence-based Practice Center systematically reviewed the literature to formally grade the evidence for the NCP Guidelines, 4th edition. The complete findings are available online in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 
(doi: 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2018.09.008)

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Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition, was made possible by funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional support for the systematic review provided by the:

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