CAPC has just released a “report card”reflecting on the state of palliative care across the nation. THe report was created for the first time in 2008, and apparently as a nation since then we went from a C to a B. What it means in reality? I guess more quality palliative care programs across the nation.
Seven states and DC and got an A, more than half of the states are ranked B, and there are two that got an F. One can download the full report here or just look at specific state statistics.
The World Health Organization has recently released a report entitled Palliative Care for Older People: Better Practices (2011). It provides an interesting review of palliative care services throughout Europe (including a description of integrated palliative care in four Eastern European countries), and it includes sections on dementia, palliative care in the nursing home, and family caregivers. Of special interest is the description of England’s End of Life Care strategy, which includes advance care planning and coordination of care across settings.