We support public policy, education, training, national outreach, and research aimed at improving access to quality palliative care for all seriously ill Americans and their families.
We do this by uniting two existing organizations, the National Palliative Care Research Center, which focuses on research, and the Center to Advance Palliative Care, which is dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for patients facing serious illness, under one umbrella. By joining these two organizations, we facilitate the flow of information from research to practice.
"The mission of the center is to ensure that all patients living with serious illness and their families understand the role of palliative care in improving quality of life and request it; that all clinicians have the knowledge and skills to provide palliative care; and that all health care institutions are equipped to deliver it," said R. Sean Morrison, MD, Co-Director of The Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center, Director of the Lilian and Benjamin Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute, and Director of the National Palliative Care Research Center.
"The center will transform care of the nation's most vulnerable patients and families. Palliative care is a new but rapidly growing field that is proven to improve quality of life and help patients and families get the information and support they need over the many year course of an illness," said Diane E. Meier, MD, Co-Director of the Patty and Jay Baker National Palliative Care Center and Director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care.