Center to Advance Palliative Care is a national organization dedicated to increasing palliative care services for people facing serious illness. CAPC provides health care professionals with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics necessary to start and sustain successful palliative care programs in hospitals and other health care settings.


Even though palliative care is appropriate for anyone suffering from a debilitating long term illness, there are many people, including medical professionals, that still continue to associate palliative care with end-of-life care. It's important that we educate health professionals on the differences between the two as well as reiterate just how vital palliative care can be for those struggling with a chronic illness. Unlike end-of-life care, palliative care works alongside a patient's medical treatments offering symptom management, emotional support, and medical decision-making assistance. 

Here are a few challenges the Advance Palliative Care field is currently facing:

  1. The majority of palliative care hospital programs fail to provide adequate staff.
  2. There are no regulatory or accreditation requirements that enforce the staffing guidelines.
  3. Though Medicare now reimburses healthcare providers for advance care planning, more needs to be done to eliminate payment barriers for families.
  4. By 2014, nearly 2/3 of hospitals had palliative care programs in place, we'd like to see this number reach 100%.


As a national, member-based organization, we provide hospitals, health systems, hospices, payers and other health care organizations with the tools, training, technical assistance and metrics needed to support the successful implementation and integration of palliative care. 

We do this not only by providing the training, tools and technical assistance clinicians need, but also as a catalyst to change. Serving as a convening, organizing and dissemination force for the field, we collaborate with leaders, innovators and partners to foster connection and cross-fertilization. We also promote public awareness through our site, getpalliativecare.org. And, we collect and provide essential metrics through the National Palliative Care Registry.

We carry out our mission and vision in three ways:

  1. Improving the knowledge and skills of all clinicians who serve seriously ill patients and their families
  2. Helping health organizations to reliably support and deliver high quality palliative care to patients and families in need
  3. Increasing public understanding of palliative care so that all patients and families will know to ask for it when faced with a serious illness


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