Overview of ACE Project
This publication is an overview of the ACE Course. Excellence in palliative care demands attention to the multidimensional aspects of patient and family suffering, yet too few psycho-oncology professionals report adequate preparation in this vital area. This article includes the extensive process and outcome evaluations and measured the effectiveness of this educational program from the ACE Courses 1 and 2. The courses received strong overall evaluations, with participants rating increased confidence in defined palliative care skills. The initial results of this innovative National Cancer Institute-funded transdisciplinary training for psycho-oncology professionals affirm the need and feasibility of the program.
City of Hope Pain/Palliative Care Resource Center
PRC (Pain/Palliative Care Resource Center) The purpose of the City of Hope P/PRC is to serve as a clearinghouse to disseminate information and resources to assist others in improving the quality of pain management and end of life care. The City of Hope P/PRC, established in 1995, is a central source for collecting a variety of materials including pain assessment tools, patient education materials, quality assurance materials, end of life resources, research instruments and other resources.
End of Life Nursing Education Consortium Project (ELNEC)
ELNEC is a national education initiative to improve end-of-life care in the United States. The project provides undergraduate and graduate nursing faculty, CE providers, staff development educators, specialty nurses in pediatrics, oncology, critical care and geriatrics, and other nurses with training in end-of-life care so they can teach this essential information to nursing students and practicing nurses.
ExCEL in Social WorkExCEL strives to improve the delivery of psychosocial-spiritual care for oncology patients through an innovative social work-specific educational program. ExCEL is a collaborative partnership between the City of Hope, the Association of Oncology Social Work (AOSW) and the Association of Pediatric Oncology Social Workers (APOSW). The investigative team for this five-year National Cancer Institute-funded initiative includes: Shirley Otis-Green, Betty Ferrell, Marcia Grant, Brad Zebrack and Barbara Jones. Pre-conferences to the AOSW and APOSW annual meetings will address critical aspects of quality care while encouraging oncology social workers to meet and exceed the recommendations of the Institute of Medicine (IOM) 2008 Report – “Cancer Care for the Whole Patient: Meeting Psychosocial Health Needs.”
Southern California Cancer Pain Initiative (SCCPI)
SCCPI is a nonprofit volunteer interdisciplinary organization made up of physicians, nurses, pharmacists, social workers and many other professionals dedicated to the relief of cancer pain.
PRN (Pain Resource Nurse) Training Course
The primary purpose of this course is to prepare individual nurses or institutions to develop the role of the Pain Resource Nurse.
Promoting Excellence in Pain Management and Palliative Care for Social Workers course
The purpose of this course is to promote excellence in pain management and palliative care by developing the core skills necessary for any professionals interested in psychosocial palliative care. Check back for further information on future courses.
CancerCare is a national nonprofit organization that provides free, professional support services and educational programs for anyone affected by cancer, including the professionals who care for them.
National Consensus Project
“The purpose of the National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care is to promote the implementation of Clinical Practice Guidelines that ensure care of consistent and high quality, and that guide the development and structure of new and existing palliative care services.”
The Initiative for Pediatric Palliative Care (IPPC)
IPPC is both an education and a quality improvement effort, aimed at enhancing family-centered care for children living with life-threatening conditions. IPPC is a project of the Center for Applied Ethics(CAE), a division of Education Development Center, Inc. (EDC) a non-profit organization. IPPC’s comprehensive, interdisciplinary curriculum addresses knowledge, attitudes and skills that health care professionals need in order to better serve children and families.
The EPEC Project: Education in Palliative and End-of-life Care
The mission of the EPEC project is to “educate all healthcare professionals on the essential clinical competencies in palliative care.” The EPEC Project offers two types of training opportunities. You may attend the "Become An EPEC Trainer" conference if you wish to achieve certification as an EPEC Trainer and then teach others core skills in palliative care. You may attend the "Professional Development Workshop" if you wish to enhance your teaching and leadership skills.