Patient Quality of Life Through Palliative Care


Understanding Palliative Care

Palliative Care Brochure

Our brochure helps educate cancer patients and their caregivers about palliative care and its benefits. From where you can find it to how you receive it, the brochure can help cancer patients access this important level of medical care.

Pediatric Palliative Care Brochure

Palliative care can be especially important to childhood cancer patients and their families since many endure life-altering and life-threatening symptoms, side effects and late effects resulting from treatment. Our brochure includes information to help families access this important level of medical care.

ACS CAN's Quality of Life Initiative

This new federal initiative is working to improve the quality of life for cancer patients during and after treatment. A critical first step was the introduction of two bills in the 113th Congress that support the growing field of palliative care.

Palliative Care at a Glance

Over the last ten years palliative care has been one of the fastest growing trends in health care. In fact, the number of palliative care programs within hospital settings has increased approximately 138%, from more than 600 in 2000 to more than 1500 today.

The Journey of Palliative Care

This video from the Center to Advance Palliative Care explores palliative care, and follows the experience of Joyce Jann and her family, as they work with a palliative care team at Lee Memorial Health System in Fort Myers, Florida.

Studies and Journal Articles

Health Affairs

Living Life In My Own Way--And Dying That Way As Well
By Amy Berman

American Medical Association

Cost Savings Associated With US Hospital Palliative Care Consultation Programs
Written for the Palliative Care Leadership Center's Outcomes Group

New England Journal of Medicine

Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer

New England Journal of Medicine

Early Specialty Palliative Care — Translating Data in Oncology into Practice
By Ravi B. Parikh, A.B., Rebecca A. Kirch, J.D., Thomas J. Smith, M.D., and Jennifer S. Temel, M.D.

Journal of Clinical Oncology

Palliative Care and the Quality of Life
By Dr. Diane E. Meier and Dr. Otis W. Brawley

Health Affairs

Palliative Care Consultation Teams Cut Hospital Costs For Medicaid Beneficiaries

2011 Public Opinion Research on Palliative Care

Research Commissioned by the Center to Advance Palliative Care

Pain and Policy Studies Group Report Card

The Pain & Policy Studies Group (PPSG) at the University of Wisconsin in cooperation with the American Cancer Society, the American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN) and the LIVESTRONG Foundation have released a report grading states on laws and regulatory policies related to pain management.

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