Hospice care is a philosophy of care focused on comfort, quality of life, and assisting those nearing the end of life. It is a system of care oriented towards treating pain and other symptoms without curing the illness.

Hospice care is a unique type of care, offering individuals with life-limiting illnesses a choice to live as fully as possible in the comfort of their own home. Patients can choose to remain in an environment that is familiar to them, surrounded by family, friends and loved ones. Hospice gives individuals the ability to be in control of all aspects of their care when they can no longer benefit from curative treatment.

Below is a list of the latest hospice care and palliative care news and research from prestigious universities and journals throughout the world.

  • October 13, 2021Are End-of-Life Doulas for Us?
    By Marina McGough A death positive movement is sweeping across the country and with it, there has been much buzz about the End-of-life Doula.  The name is not exactly self-explanatory: doulas… The N …
  • October 7, 2021Moving the Quality Needle Realistically
    Are you familiar with the starfish story? It is about a young man who is walking on a beach onto which thousands of starfish have been washed ashore. He begins to pick up and gently return each… The …
  • September 24, 2021End-of-Life Doula's – A quick overview of an EOLD's code of ethics
    Arza Goldstein, a member of NHPCO's End-of-Life Doula Advisory Council shares a video blog message about the code of ethics for EOL Doulas.  The Doula Council has been working to help hospice… …
  • August 24, 2021You May Contribute a Verse
    By Jessica Curd, LCSW My first experience with an end-of-life doula was somewhat unexpected. I recall that some within our organization had been skeptical of doulas, questioning the term or… The NHP …
  • August 19, 2021DAC, DEI, and Determination: Reflecting on My Summer with NHPCO
    Before starting my accelerated nursing program at Emory University this fall, I knew that I wanted to spend my summer contributing to advancing equity in the healthcare field. I believed that the… T …
  • July 28, 2021A Quality Summer Experience
    “Wow. I’m here.” Having interviewed and hired almost a month before, it felt like this day would never come, but it had. I was outside the NHPCO office, preparing to walk into my first internship… T …
  • July 9, 2021The Importance of the Words We Use
    After celebrating June as Pride Month, we are pleased to share a blog on caring for LGBTQ+ people at the end of life. Edie M. Moran, LCSW, APHSW-C, a social worker with Prospero Health and a member… …
  • July 7, 2021Why Participate in the 2021 Virtual Conference – Healthcare Transformation
    The past year has been unlike any other in terms of the effect of the pandemic on just about all aspects of our lives and work. And yet, while the world as seen through the COVID-19 lens has been… T …
  • June 22, 2021New Hospice and Palliative Care Resource Guide for LGBTQ+ Communities
    NHPCO Diversity Advisory Council Resource Promotes High Quality Care Today, in recognition of Pride Month, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) released a new resource,… The …
  • June 18, 2021Measures of Excellence Can Foster a Data-Driven Organization
    Measures of Excellence Provides Critical Benchmarking for Your Success  The Measures of Excellence (MOE) is a quarterly data collection tool and dashboard that are important components of… The NHPCO …
  • June 9, 2021The Gift of Doulas for Grief
    By Arlene Stepputat, MA Carla’s mom had been diagnosed with COVID but seemed to be doing okay.  She was managing her symptoms, resting comfortably and in regular touch with both of her daughters… Th …
  • May 26, 2021Survey of Team Attitudes and Relationships – Annual Report Now Available
    NHPCO’s Survey of Team Attitudes and Relationships (STAR) is the only staff satisfaction survey designed specifically for the hospice field. Originally developed by researchers at the University of… …
  • May 7, 2021Fulfilling My Lifelong Dream to Become a Nurse
    In observance of Nurses Week, Care Dimensions RN Case Manager Nancy Drago reflects on her passion for nursing and how personal experience drew her to a professional career in hospice.  As far… The N …
  • May 4, 2021Her Last Rodeo
    By Erin Collins, BSN RN CHPNWe got the call midweek from a woman who was looking for assistance in supporting her dear friend who was living with chronic illness. She had been visiting this… The NHP …
  • May 3, 2021Optum Continues Support of NHPCO as a Strategic Partner
    Optum is a Diamond Level Strategic Partner and Gold Level Sponsor of Quality Connections The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) proudly recognizes Optum Hospice Pharmacy… The …
  • April 28, 2021NHPCO Surveys Membership on Medical Group Practice
    In April 2021, NHPCO conducted a survey of its membership to learn more about the use of medical group practices among these hospice providers and interest in developing such a service. Hospice… The …
  • April 19, 2021NHPCO Issues Proclamation Honoring Hospice Volunteers During National Volunteer Week, April 18 – 24, 2021
    Volunteers are the Heart of Hospice In recognition of National Volunteer Week, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) has issued the following proclamation to celebrate the… T …
  • March 19, 2021Hospice Social Work: A Calling that Satisfies
    Even during a public health emergency, hospice and palliative care professionals rise to the challenge of providing compassionate, person-centered care in the community. In observance of Social Work.. …
  • March 3, 2021Honoring Patient Choice and Organ Donation
    By Natalie McNeal, Wellstar Community Hospice, andKim Kottemann, LifeLink Foundation Honoring patient choices means that we must offer options to our patients and look beyond our current service… Th …
  • February 26, 2021Spreading Love with Valentine’s Day Cards
    Even during a public health emergency, hospice and palliative care professionals rise to the challenge of providing compassionate, person-centered care in the community. Katie Sue Van Valkenburg… Th …
  • January 29, 2021The Power of Forgiveness at End of Life
    Care Dimensions chaplain Rev. Donna Spencer Collins, M.Div. shares her experience witnessing the importance of forgiveness and peace at the end of life — both for the person doing the forgiving and.. …
  • January 22, 2021Heart ‘n Home Volunteers Help Fulfill Janice’s Wish
    Even during a public health emergency, hospice and palliative care professionals rise to the challenge of providing compassionate, person-centered care in the community. Heart ‘n Home Hospice… The N …
  • January 12, 2021Still Time to Order a 2021 NHPCO Webinar Package
    Have your educational calendar set for the year! NHPCO’s 2021 webinars bring you and your staff professional development and education from nationally recognized speakers presenting on the most… The …
  • December 29, 2020Dr. Powell reflects on all she has seen and the significance of vaccination
    Casa de la Luz Associate Medical Director Dr. Rebecca Powell, HMDC received the COVID-19 vaccine and wrote the following to describe the joy, hope and sense of peace that it brought. As I drive home.. …
  • December 21, 2020Becky's Vaccine Story
    NHPCO is pleased to share this piece written by Becky Wilder, volunteer coordinator for Uplifted Care in Bourbonnais, IL. Becky wrote this piece on Thursday, December 17, the day she received her… T …

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