National Consensus Project Issues 4th Edition Quality Palliative Care Guidelines
Updated Standards Emphasize Expanding Palliative Care to All Settings
By Larry Beresford
The National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care recently released the 4th Edition of its “Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care.” Starting in 2002 as a collaboration of four leading professional organizations involved in advancing palliative and hospice care, NCP has grown to 16 constituent organizations and 80 endorsing organizations.
This growth can be seen in the guidelines’ emphases on new roles for physician assistants and pharmacists in palliative care, the emergence of community-based palliative care, and continued opportunities for incorporating palliative care principles into pediatrics, according to Betty Ferrell, PhD, director of nursing research at the City of Hope National Medical Center in Duarte, Calif. She is lead author of an article on the guidelines just published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.