Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a program to identify, promote and institutionalize care practices that allow seriously ill people and their families to approach the end of life in physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional comfort.
The program's goals were to support innovative models of palliative and hospice care for people and in settings where they were underutilized or unavailable and to support initiatives to provide quality palliative care earlier in the course of illness, concurrent with life-extending care.
Twenty-two demonstration projects created new models of palliative care. Four demonstration projects that tested models of delivering palliative care within hospital intensive care units. Eight disease- or issue-specific workgroups brought health care leaders together to generate new ideas for their fields.
According to the national program office staff, Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care demonstrated that it is possible to change the way health care professionals approach their work with people who are dying and their loved ones; palliative and curative care can be provided concurrently; and projects integrating curative and palliative care can be sustained, replicated and expanded.
The Journal of Palliative Medicine published a 19-article series showcasing 17 Promoting Excellence projects and the national program office.