From 1996 through 2004, the Fund worked to improve the care available to patients at the end of life, and their families, through three major initiatives:
The Community Oriented Palliative Care Initiative (2000-2004) awarded $2.1 million to support the development of six community-based palliative care networks, joining hospitals, hospices, home care agencies, nursing homes, other community-based organizations, and community physicians. These networks provided coordinated palliative care to community residents in a variety of settings in the last months, or years, of life. Two Fund publications, Crossing Organizational Boundaries in Palliative Care (2003) and Moving Palliative Care into the Community (2004), presented both overviews and detailed portraits of the networks' experiences.
The Palliative Care Quality Improvement Collaborative (PCQuIC), a joint effort with RAND and the Institute for Healthcare Improvement, was launched in 2001. This effort engaged 21 New York City hospitals, nursing homes, hospices, and home health care agencies in a collaborative process to improve each organization's ability to care effectively for persons with advanced chronic illnesses and those at the end of life.
The Hospital Palliative Care Initiative (1995-99) awarded $1.4 million to five hospitals to develop and implement clinical palliative care programs. Lessons were summarized in the Fund publication Building Hospital Palliative Care Programs.
For a complete list of Fund grants related to palliative care, click here.