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In recent years, palliative care has expanded into new settings and is being offered by various types of organizations, such as health systems, office practices, cancer centers, dialysis units, home health agencies, hospices, long-term care providers, social services organizations and more. While this move has improved access to palliative care for all people with serious illness, it has brought challenges in how quality palliative care principles and best practices can be developed and integrated.

The National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition will be released on October 31, 2018. The goal of the fourth edition, which is applicable for both primary and specialty palliative care, is to address the issues surrounding improved access to quality palliative care for all those with serious illness, regardless of setting, diagnosis, prognosis, or age by encouraging organizations and clinicians across the care continuum to integrate evidence-based principles and best practices into their routine assessment and care of persons. A new addition to the fourth edition is a systematic review completed by the RAND Evidence-based Practice Center. The purpose for the systematic review is to identify and validate the evidence through formal grading of the Guidelines as well as the gaps for future research.

That expanded scope of the 4th edition is reflected largely in three major areas with clear implications for the practice of spiritual care and chaplaincy. Palliative care is covered in any setting on the continuum of care include home care and "community care" broadly defined. Pediatric patients and their family caregivers are covered as a population of concern. End of life care is expanded to more explicitly include grief and bereavement coverage for family caregivers after the patient's death. Because spirituality is integral to the provision of palliative care and to these guidelines, it is essential for chaplains to understand the new Clinical Practice Guidelines, their responsibilities as members of a palliative care team especially in view of the expanded scope, and ways in which to integrate quality chaplaincy care into the growing number of settings in which it is provided, particularly community-based settings.

This webinar will provide chaplains and spiritual care providers with the knowledge and tools they need to understand and implement the NCP Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, Fourth Edition into their practice. By the end of this webinar, learners will be able to:

  • Identify and summarize the important content of the domains articulated in the 2018 Fourth Edition of the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care.
  • Understand the increased scope of practice required of chaplains under the new guidelines and the new knowledge and skills that will be required to deliver quality care within that scope
  • Utilize tools to articulate, apply and integrate the evidence-based principles and best practices of the Fourth Edition of the National Consensus Project (NCP) Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care into chaplaincy programming and practice.
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