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Palliative Care Tools


This collection of palliative care tools can help improve health care for patients near the end of life and their families. These tools were developed through the national program Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care, which sought innovative ways of integrating high-quality palliative care services in critical care settings. Through the work of several demonstration projects, they developed palliative care models for intensive care units and assessed the impact on the quality of care for patients and their families.

The tools are divided into the following categories:

  • Clinical care tools
    • Advance care planning
    • Care plan
    • Case management and coordination
    • Clinical assessment
    • Quality of life
  • Educational tools
    • Clinician education
    • Patient/family education
  • Evaluation tools
    • Satisfaction/perception of care
  • Organizational tools
    • Programmatic material


American Association of Critical-Care Nurses; Harvard Medical School; Lehigh Valley Hospital Network; Massachusetts General Hospital; New Jersey Medical School; University of Washington

Funding Sources

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

QualityTool Topic



  • Original Summary: 10/2012
Disclaimer: The inclusion of a tool in the Innovations Exchange does not constitute or imply an endorsement by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality or Westat of the tool or of the submitter or developer of the tool. Read more.

Last updated: October 24, 2012.