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. For Family Caregivers, see section V.a.
ExCEL in Social Work
ExCEL 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
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.”
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.”
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.