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CLINICAL PRACTICE GUIDELINES FOR QUALITY PALLIATIVE CARE

The NACNS is an endorsing organization for the National Consensus Project’s (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition.  The NCP Guidelines, a product of the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care, are available to download or purchase.  The guidelines create 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.  They expand on the eight domains of palliative care contained in the 3rd edition and include clinical and organizational strategies, screening and assessment elements, practice examples, tools and resources.

The NCP Guidelines encourage and guide health care organizations and clinicians (including non-palliative care specialists) across the care continuum to integrate palliative care principles and best practices into their routine assessment and care of all seriously ill patients.  The guidelines formalize and delineate available evidence-based processes and practices, as well as consensus recommendations, for the provision of safe and reliable high-quality palliative care for adults, children and families with serious illness.