The new National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th Edition, have been released. The guidelines were developed by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care, which comprises of leaders from 16 national organizations that have extensive expertise in and experience with palliative care and hospice.  

The guidelines promote improved access to palliative care, which is focused on giving patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, is based on need, not prognosis, and can be provided along with disease-focused treatment. The guidelines include tools, resources and practice examples to help with implementation.

They were funded by a grant from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation with additional support for the systematic review provided by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation, Gary and Mary West Foundation, The John A. Hartford Foundation and Stupski Foundation. More than 80 national organizations have endorsed the guidelines.


To go to the guidelines, click here.
To read the press release, click here.
To read an NCP blog about the guidelines, click here.
To read a JPSM paper, "A Systematic Review in Support of the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition," Sangeeta C. Ahluwalia, PhD, MPH, et al, click here.