Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Joint Commission: New Advanced Certification for Palliative Care

The Joint Commission has announced that their new Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care will be available as of September 1, 2011.  This program was created to "recognize hospitals that demonstrate exceptional patient and family-centered care in order to optimize the quality of life for patients with life-limiting illnesses."

The dependable delivery of high quality palliative care is incredibly important.  In fact, INQRI researchers at Oregon Health Science University are currently examining nursing's contributions to quality palliative care.  Very little is known about the relationships between quality palliative nursing care delivered in intensive care units (ICUs) and patient and family outcomes or how to measure and improve these outcomes. Led by Lissi Hansen, Ph.D., R.N. and Richard Mularski, M.D., an interdisciplinary team of researchers will identify the role that nurses play in the delivery of high quality palliative care provided both to patients and their families.

Learn more about the Joint Commission's Advanced Certification Program for Palliative Care.

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