CAPC and NPCRC Plan to Release 2015 Report Card on October 1

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) and the National Palliative Care Research Center (NPCRC) will release the 2015 State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation’s Hospitals. Highlighting the current prevalence of hospital palliative care programs, the report was undertaken in an effort to understand changes in access to such programs in the United States. CAPC will announce the findings of the report when it is released on October 1 via eAlert and social media.

New Palliative Care Fast Facts Now Available

Two new palliative care Fast Facts are now available and can be accessed immediately by clicking here. Fast Fact #302 examines the clinical role of IV acetaminophen and compares its efficacy with oral acetaminophen. Fast Fact #303 discusses Locked-in Syndrome (LIS)—a rare neurologic condition characterized by quadriparesis and an inability to articulate speech.

Fast Facts is a free educational resource providing concise, practical, peer-reviewed and evidence-based summaries on key topics important to palliative care clinicians and trainees, as well as all frontline clinicians. They are intended to be quick teaching tools for bedside rounds, as well as self-study material for trainees and clinicians who work with patients with serious illness. If you would like to be notified when new Fast Facts and Concepts appear, subscribe to Palliative in Practice.

Care Dimensions Program Wins the Circle of Life Award for Palliative Care

Care Dimensions, the largest hospice in the Boston area, has won the 2015 Circle of Life Award. The Circle of Life Awards honor innovative palliative and end-of-life care in hospices, hospitals, health care systems, long-term care facilities, and other direct care providers. .

Care Dimensions was recognized for integrating palliative care throughout the healthcare continuum, providing a broad range of services, and for its outreach to traditionally underserved communities. Care Dimension’s training of current and future healthcare professionals was also a large factor in the decision.

The Circle of Life Awards are sponsored by the American Hospital Association, Catholic Health Association of the United States, National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, and National Hospice Foundation. Major supporters include the California HealthCare Foundation and Cambia Health Foundation. For complete criteria and other information, visit

Featured Palliative Care Articles of the Month

Health Affairs: Expanding Access to Palliative Care Services: The Tide Is Turning by Amy Kelley and Diane E. Meier

Study: Inpatient palliative care visits associated with improved quality of life for patients with heart failure

Nobody Teaches a Physician the Emotional Consequences of Medicine by Ahmad Bailony, MD



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