EPEC-O (Education in Palliative and End-of-Life Care for Oncology) Educational Tool – National Cancer Institute
EPEC-O is a multimedia curriculum for health professionals caring for persons with cancer. The curriculum is available as either an online self-study or a CD-ROM/DVD set. The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA) provides a maximum of 31 nursing contact hours for completion. Culturally specific versions adapted for use by health providers serving the American Indian and Alaska Native populations also are available.
End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium The End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium project is a comprehensive, national education program to improve end-of-life care by nurses. Primary project goals are to develop a core of expert nursing educators and to coordinate national nursing education efforts in end-of-life care.
End-of-Life/Palliative Education Resource Center This site is intended to support individuals involved in the design, implementation, and/or evaluation of end-of-life/palliative education for physicians, nurses, and other health care professionals. Among the resources offered are: Fast Facts; educational and training materials; suggested articles; news; blogs; and links to clinical and educational Web resource centers
Advance Car Planning: The Michigan Model – Hospice & Palliative Care Association of Michigan This model is focused on helping medical professionals on how to best honor the end of life choices of those they care for.
The Michigan Physician Guide to End-of-Life Care
This booklet is designed to help physicians deal more effectively with dying and death. Chapters include: Communication at the End of Life; Advance Care Planning; Palliative Care; Hospice: A Team Approach to Care; and Emotions, Spirituality and the Tasks of Dying. (2010)
Center for Shared Decision Making - Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center Shared decision making is the collaboration between patients and caregivers to come to an agreement about a healthcare decision. The Center for Shared Decision Making website offers a Decision Aid Library, a Health Care Decision Guide, and other resources.
This annual report provides an overview of trends in the growth, delivery and quality of hospice care across the country. It provides specific information on: hospice patient characteristics; hospice provider characteristics; location and level of care; and role of paid and volunteer staff. (November 2013)
Elderly patients with cancer do not always receive care reflecting their preferences. Instead care tends to reflect the style of treatment in the regions and health care systems where cancer treatment was received. Although the use of hospice with Medicare patients with advanced cancer is increasing, more patients were treated in intensive care units in their last month of life in 2010 than in the period from 2003 to 2007.
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 pain management and end-of-life care.
American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)
AAHPM is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in palliative medicine and the prevention and relief of suffering among patients and families by providing education and clinical practice standards; fostering research; facilitating personal and professional development of its members; and public policy advocacy.