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The National Consensus Project and National Quality Forum Preferred Practices in Care of the Imminently Dying: Implications for Nursing

Lynch, Maureen MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCN; Dahlin, Constance M. MSN, APRN, BC, PCM

Journal of Hospice & Palliative Nursing: November-December 2007 - Volume 9 - Issue 6 - p 316-322
doi: 10.1097/01.NJH.0000299314.99514.c2
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The National Consensus Project Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care and the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices for Palliative and Hospice Care Quality Report provide a framework for the delivery of high-quality palliative care in all settings. The purpose of this article is to illustrate how nurses can use these documents to promote optimal end-of-life care. Because care of imminently dying patients is an integral part of palliative nursing practice, the preferred practices identified for this domain of care are highlighted here.

Author Affiliations: Maureen Lynch, MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCN, Nurse Practitioner, Pain & Palliative Care Program, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, Boston, MA.

Constance M. Dahlin, MSN, APRN, BC, PCM, Co-director, Outpatient Pallative Care Service, Massachussetts General Hospital, Boston, MA.

Address correspondence to Maureen Lynch, MS, APRN, BC, PCM, AOCN, Pain & Palliative Care Program, Dana Farber Cancer Institute, 44 Binney Street, Boston, MA 02115 (mtlynch@partners.org).

© 2007 The Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association