Developing a framework and set of best practices for quality palliative care

In 2000, the Foundation helped formulate a strategic planning meeting of leaders in the palliative care field to identify essential next steps for building the field. An outgrowth of this meeting was a recognition that consensus was needed on quality clinical practices in palliative care. During the next several years, leaders from palliative care organizations worked diligently to develop the National Consensus Project on Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. These guidelines were disseminated in 2004. The purpose of this project is to take the next step and mainstream the consensus process on palliative care in the broader health care field using the National Quality Forum's (NQF) consensus process. This project will be considered successful if it delivers: (1) an NQF-endorsed framework and set of preferred practices for palliative care; and (2) a final report comprising the framework and endorsed practices and, if appropriate, an assessment of available palliative care performance measures that could be endorsed in the future.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $249,000.00

Awarded on: 11/22/2004

Time frame: 12/1/2004 - 4/30/2006

Grant Number: 52180


National Quality Forum

1030 15th Street, N.W., Suite 800
Washington, 20005-1503


Helen Burstin
Project Director