National Resources

        National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care:

"The purpose of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care is to promote the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines that ensure care of consistent and high quality, and that guide the development and structure of new and existing palliative care services."

The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care 3rd edition 2013. 

The ClinicalPractice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care promote quality palliative care, foster consistent and high standards in palliative care, and encourage continuity of care across settings. Since there is shared responsibility for palliative care across health care settings, the emphasis is on collaborative partnerships within and between hospitals, community centers, hospices, and home health agencies to ensure quality, continuity, and access to palliative care. 

  National Consensus Task Force members:

American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine (AAHPM):

The Academy is the professional organization for physicians specializing in hospice and palliative medicine and is dedicated to expanding access of patients and families to high quality palliative care, and advancing the discipline of Hospice and Palliative Medicine, through professional education and training, development of a specialist workforce, support for clinical practice standards, research and public policy.

For details about board certification in hospice & palliative medicine:

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC):


CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training and technical assistance necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.

CAPC maintains a state by state report card on access to palliative care in our nation’s hospitals. Find the CT report at:

Hospice & Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO):

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.

Hospice & Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA):

HPNA is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in palliative nursing care.

For details about board certification in hospice & palliative nursing care:

National Association of Social Workers (NASW):

NASW is the membership organization for social workers. It has developed standards for social work practice in palliative & end of life care, and offers specialty certification.

National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC):

NPCRC is committed to stimulating, developing, and funding research directed at improving care for seriously ill patients and their families.