Oncologists are increasingly aware of the benefits of palliative care, but starting a program can be a challenge. CHCF is funding five California practices to join a national learning collaborative that will pave the way.
Can whole communities be activated to promote and support end-of-life conversations? Learn how Contra Costa County's civic, faith-based, and health care leaders are exploring this possibility.
In California, many who die of cancer receive more aggressive care at the end of life than in the rest of the country. Cancer treatment also varies widely from region to region and from hospital to hospital within the state.
See how human-centered designers answered our challenge to encourage more people to complete advance directives and document their end-of-life wishes.
By making palliative care available to patients earlier in their illnesses, private health plans are providing better care that also costs less. Learn about six pioneers in California.
Trends in end-of-life care show that not only does the care given vary widely from region to region and hospital to hospital, but also patients often don't get the care they prefer. What can be done?
What did it take for all of California's public hospitals to adopt and sustain palliative care programs? Learn about the five-year collaborative effort.
CHCF made grants to establish a one-year collaborative to share approaches and lessons learned regarding community-based palliative care.
Community-based palliative care brings services to seriously ill patients outside the hospital setting. Policy shifts could encourage the spread of such models.
Language barriers between patients and providers loom even larger in palliative care. Health care interpreters discuss how a palliative care training program fills a gap in their field.
Adapted from a long-running series, this textbook offers evidence-based and clinical expert guidance on caring for patients with serious, life-threatening illness.
Research finds that most Californians would prefer a natural death at home without becoming a burden on family. But few document their wishes, leaving families in the dark. Videos highlight this issue.
Most Californians would prefer to die a natural death at home without becoming a burden on family. Yet according to this survey, a disconnect exists between what they want and reality.
The number of in-hospital palliative care programs in California has grown steadily since 2007. California's acute care hospitals describe their palliative care programs in this survey.
As the use of palliative care grows, so does the diversity of patients who opt for it. A free curriculum for trainers of medical interpreters covers the topic with sensitivity.