When providing palliative care, are you benchmarking your services against the current industry standards? We know providing quality care is very important to you and your team, so spend some time with us as we hear from one of the best in the business, Dr. Betty Ferrell, as she reviews the 4th edition of the National Consensus Project Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care. The 4th edition details the most significant changes since the standards were first introduced – you don’t want to miss it!
As the goal for healthcare providers is to improve access to quality palliative care for all people with serious illness regardless of setting, diagnosis, prognosis, or age, these updated guidelines are intended to encourage and guide organizations and clinicians (including non-palliative care specialists) across the care continuum to integrate palliative care principles and best practices into their routine assessment and care of all seriously ill patients. This also includes recommendations for the provision of safe and reliable high-quality palliative care for adults, children, and families with serious illness in all care settings.
Betty Ferrell, RN, PhD, MA, FAAN, FPCN, CHPN
Professor and Director
Nursing Research & Education
City of Hope National Medical Center
Dr. Betty Ferrell has been in nursing for 41 years and has focused her clinical expertise and research in pain management, quality of life, and palliative care. Dr. Ferrell is the Director of Nursing Research & Education and a Professor at the City of Hope Medical Center in Duarte, California. She is a Fellow of the American Academy of Nursing and she has over 450 publications in peer-reviewed journals and texts. She is Principal Investigator of a Research Project funded by the National Cancer Institute on “Palliative Care for Patients with Solid Tumors on Phase 1 Clinical Trials” and Principal Investigator of the “End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium (ELNEC)” project. She directs several other funded projects related to palliative care in cancer centers and QOL issues. Dr. Ferrell is Co-Chairperson of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care. Dr. Ferrell completed a Masters degree in Theology, Ethics and Culture from Claremont Graduate University in 2007. She has authored eleven books including the Oxford Textbook of Palliative Nursing (5th Edition, 2019) published by Oxford University Press. She is co-author of the text, The Nature of Suffering and the Goals of Nursing published in 2008 by Oxford University Press and Making Health Care Whole: Integrating Spirituality into Patient Care (Templeton Press, 2010). In 2013 Dr. Ferrell was named one of the 30 Visionaries in the field by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.