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Palliative Care Resources for Professionals

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)
Located in New York City, CAPC is a national organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious, complex illness.

Closure
This organization seeks to redefine quality care for people with life-threatening illness by educating consumers and healthcare professionals about end-of-life issues and options.

Fast Facts
Through support from the Center to Advance Palliative Care, this is a resource for End of Life/Palliative healthcare professionals and includes these peer-reviewed, one-page outlines of key information on important end-of-life clinical topics for end-of-life educators and clinicians.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association
Established in 1986, the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in hospice and palliative nursing care.

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
The American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine. Membership is also open to nurses and other healthcare providers who are committed to improving the quality of life of patients and families facing life-threatening or serious conditions.

The George Washington Institute for Spirituality and Health
GWish was established in May 2001 as a leading organization on education and clinical issues related to spirituality and health. GWish is changing the face of healthcare through innovative programs for physicians and other members of the multidisciplinary healthcare team, including clergy and chaplains.

Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm
This program is designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life. It is based on effective communication of patient wishes, documentation of medical orders on a brightly colored form and a promise by healthcare professionals to honor these wishes.