Palliative Care Resources
Palliative Care Resources
Palliative care is not only a philosophy of care but also an organized, highly structured system for delivering care with a focus on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. Explore ONS's evidence-based resources on palliative care.
Palliative care is defined as a multidisciplinary approach that may include care provided by physicians, nurses, social workers, psychologists, psychiatrists, pharmacists, spiritual care professionals, and respiratory, physical, and occupational therapists, as well as a variety of other disciplines necessary to manage symptoms in the ONS position statement, Palliative Care for People With Cancer.
- Also in the ONS position statement on palliative care, ONS states that systems should make advanced care planning a priority to ensure that patients' values and wishes are honored.
- Learn more about advanced care planning through the following video.
- Think about your own advanced care plan and assist your patients with their planning with this advanced care planning worksheet.
- Network with colleagues in the ONS Palliative Care Community.
- Gain insight on palliative care with ONS journal activities, Palliative Care and Phase I Trials: Intervention to Improve Quality of Life and Provide Education and Palliative Care: Improving Nursing Knowledge, Attitudes, and Behaviors, offering free CNE for ONS members.
- The ONS online course, Breast Cancer: Survivorship and Quality of Life Course, explores the journey for a patient with breast cancer, including recurrence, palliative care, and end of life.
- Specifically created to address the needs of oncology APNs, the Quality-of-Life Issues—Oncology APN online course presents an extensive look at quality-of-life considerations related to psychosocial issues, survivorship, and palliative care.
- Designed for oncology nurses with some experience in oncology, the Quality-of-Life Issues—Oncology RN online course presents an extensive look at quality-of-life considerations related to sexuality, psychosocial issues, survivorship, palliative care, and end-of-life care.
- ONS book, Integration of Palliative Care in Chronic Conditions: An Interdisciplinary Approach, equips multidisciplinary teams with the resources necessary to provide patients and their families with the best possible care and management of multiple chronic conditions.
- Explore the intersection of treatment, survivorship, and palliative care in a series of short case studies in the Clinical Journal of Oncology Nursing.
- Manage cancer-related symptoms and explore evidence-based interventions for patient care and teaching with ONS PEP resources.
Spark conversations with patients to ensure the right care is delivered at the right time with the Choosing Wisely campaign, an initiative of the ABIM Foundation.
- Through the Choosing Wisely campaign, the American Academy of Nursing has developed a series of articles, including "Managing Fatigue," "Magic Mouthwash," and "Don’t Administer Supplemental Oxygen to Relieve Dyspnea in Patients With Cancer Who Do Not Have Hypoxia."
- Endorsed by ONS, the National Coalition for Hospice and Palliative Care created a set of clinical practice guidelines, The National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 3rd edition (2013), to improve access to an expansion of palliative care services in the US. Updated guidelines will be available fall 2018.