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ONS Releases Position and Comments on Palliative Care

ONS Releases Position and Comments on Palliative Care
Monday, December 8, 2014

ONS releases a position on palliative care and writes comments in response to the Institute of Medicine report Dying in America: Improving Quality of Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life

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All patients with cancer benefit from palliative care beginning at the time of diagnosis. 
 
The Oncology Nursing Society’s new Palliative Care for People With Cancer position recommends that palliative care be provided throughout the treatment continuum—beginning at diagnosis—using a multidisciplinary approach. The multidisciplinary team practicing patient-centered care manages symptoms and coordinates care across settings, all while using effective communication to ensure the patient’s goals are met. 
 
The oncology nurse plays a critical role in the delivery of palliative care and is in a unique position to advocate for patients regarding access to and the delivery of quality palliative care. The full position is now available on the ONS website and will be published in the January 2015 issue of the Oncology Nursing Forum
 
“In March 2014, the Oncology Nursing Society took an important stand related to palliative care for the person with cancer, and this position statement underscores the importance of palliative care,” said ONS president Margaret Barton-Burke, PhD, RN, FAAN. “We can do no less than begin palliative care early in the cancer disease trajectory. Our patients deserve this type of quality care from the entire multidisciplinary team.”
 
In addition to its position statement, ONS also released comments in response to the Institute of Medicine (IOM) report Dying in America: Improving Quality and Honoring Individual Preferences Near the End of Life
 
ONS is a professional association of more than 35,000 members committed to promoting excellence in oncology nursing and the transformation of cancer care. Since 1975, ONS has provided a professional community for oncology nurses, developed evidence-based education programs and treatment information, and advocated for patient care, all in an effort to improve quality of life and outcomes for patients with cancer and their families.  
 
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