Memorial Hospice

Rooted in community, Memorial Hospice has been providing quality, compassionate hospice care and grief services to individuals and families facing life-threatening illness or the death of a loved one since 1997. Memorial Hospice and our sister program, Hospice of Petaluma, are a service of the St. Joseph Health System, a Ministry of the Sisters of St. Joseph of Orange. Patients and families receive interdisciplinary patient care with individualized attention to nursing, psychosocial, spiritual ... Read More

Midwest Bioethics Center/Center for Practical Bioethics

The Center for Practical Bioethics, formerly known as the Midwest Bioethics Center, has a 20 year history of raising and responding to ethical issues in health and healthcare and works specifically in the following areas. Researchers looking for Midwest Bioethics Center publications should contact the Center for Practical Bioethics. Clinical and Organizational Ethics: solving moral problems by educating and empowering healthcare professionals and their institutions, advocating for patients’ ... Read More

Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines

These guidelines prepared by the Palliative Care Council of South Australia give an overview of cultural issues when serving Latinos, Vietnamese, and people of Muslim faith. Guidelines consider religion, place of treatment, communication of diagnosis/prognosis, role of family/relative/friends, role of health professionals/volunteers, attitudes to pain relief and euthanasia, taboo words, handling of the body, burial and other issues. Visit Multicultural Palliative Care Guidelines ... Read More

National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care

Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, a professional consensus from five major US palliative care organizations on clinical guidelines for quality palliative care services adopted in May, 2004 and updated in 2009. These guidelines have served as a foundation for the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices and have become a hallmark within the field guiding policy makers, providers, practitioners and consumers in understanding the principles of quality palliative care. In ... Read More

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (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. Visit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) ... Read More

Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths

Hospice strongly advocates good pain control for terminally ill patients, even to the point of using narcotic drugs (opiates) such as morphine as they are needed. With all the concern about drug abuse, patients and their families and friends sometimes question this use of narcotics. Are we pushing "dope"? Or are we practicing good medicine? This web page explores some of the myths about the use of narcotics for pain control. Visit Pain Control: Dispelling the Myths ... Read More

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way we Provider Care at the End of Life

Promises to Keep: Changing the Way We Provide Care at the End of Life published by the National Coalition on Health Care and The Institute for Healthcare Improvement in October, 2000. This report presents the stories of institutions and organizations that made a commitment to change and innovation to improve care at the end of life. The profiles presented in this report reflect some of the most promising pioneering efforts underway in the field of palliative care. RAND’s Center to Improve Care ... Read More