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Palliative Care Resources and Recommended Readings

For your convenience, we have provided a number of links to valuable services and helpful information. See the On-Line Resources and Recommended Readings listed below. We will update and add resources on a continuing basis.

Guide to Help Palliative CarePrograms Successfully Complete
Center to Advance Palliative Care:prepared byThe Joint Commission (TJC)Certification Process 

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association

A nursing organization of over 9,200 members dedicated to promoting excellence in End-of-Life nursing


Massachusetts Medical Society

A professional membership organization providing a web site on health care proxy, advance directives, discussion guides, and links to other resources.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization

Information and legal advance directive instruments for all states are available at:

National Hospice & Palliative Care Organization
1901 N. Moore Street #901
Arlington, VA 22209
Hospice Helpline: 1-800-658-8898
National non-profit organization devoted exclusively to hospice. For lists of hospices by county and general information about hospice.

Pediatric Palliative Care Network (PPCN) is a clearinghouse of information about perinatal hospice and palliative care.

ConsumerWeb site that explains the specialty of hospice and palliative medicine and its benefits to patients and families.

A free online palliative care dictionary to be built by the international community, under the auspices of IAHPC.

Massachusetts Department of Public Health's Patient Protection Line
You have the right to register a complaint with any hospice provider. If your complaint is not resolved by your hospice team, or if you feel uncomfortable discussing it with them, you should contact the administrator of your hospice. In the rare event that your complaint remains unresolved, you may contact the Hospice & Palliative Care Federation of Massachusetts or the Department of Public Health's Patient Protection Line.

MA MOLST (Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment)


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