ANNA Endorses Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care
The American Nephrology Nurses Association has reviewed and endorsed the Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, which were developed by the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care (NCP). These clinical practice guidelines are designed to meet the urgent need for consistently high quality palliative care across the continuum and in all relevant care settings. Palliative care represents a philosophy of care and an organized, highly structured system for the delivery of care. Patients of all ages experiencing a debilitating chronic or life-threatening illness, condition, or injury stand to benefit from access to such care. The guidelines represent a collaborative process involving a coalition of the nation's major palliative care organizations, including the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine; the Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association; and the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). More than 100 nationally recognized experts in all aspects of care contributed to the evidence-based guidelines. The guidelines are available on the NCP Web site at www.nationalconsensusproject.org.