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This section contains articles, books, bibliographies, monographs and reports developed by Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care projects and the national program office (NPO) on a variety of topics. Also see Resources and Tools for related works organized by topic.

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  • Aligning Values with Practice
    Health Progress, July-August 2004
    The nationwide Promoting Excellence program demonstrates the practicality of palliative care for patients, families and caregivers.
    By Jeanne S. Twohig & Ira Byock, M.D.

  • Dying Well in Corrections: Why Should We Care [PDF 126 KB / 9 pages]
    By Ira R. Byock, M.D.

  • Hospice Benefits and Phase I Cancer Trials [PDF 101 KB / 6 pages]
    By Ira Byock, M.D. and Steven H. Miles, M.D.

  • Journal of Palliative Medicine Series
    The Journal of Palliative Medicine special series of articles describing the experiences and exciting results of 22 innovative demonstration projects funded by Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care.

  • Palliative Care By The Surgeon
    The Journal of American College of Surgeons (JACS) (circulation: 65,000 surgeons) has featured a 20-plus article series on palliative care in surgery, the editor of which is Surgeons Workgroup co-chair Geoffrey Dunn, M.D.

  • Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care: A Report on Innovative Models of Palliative Care
    This article discusses the 22 Promoting Excellence demonstration projects and their impact on the field of palliative care.
    Journal of Palliative Medicine, Volume 9, Number 1, 2006.

  • The Ethics of Loving Care
    Health Progress, July-August 2004
    Palliative care, like pediatrics, understands that patients should always be seen as capable of growth.
    By Ira Byock, M.D.



  • NHPCO Conference Learning Tracks
    In collaboration with the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care presented learning tracks at three consecutive NHPCO conferences in 2003 - 2004.



  • Comprehensive Bibliography and Resource Page for Critical Care End-of-Life Issues (See the AACN Web site.)

  • NOTE: For bibliographies of individual Promoting Excellence grantees (demonstration projects) see their respective grantee pages.







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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was a national program of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families.