As end-of-life care enters what many are calling its “second wave,” hospice and palliative care services in the U.S. continue to expand, bringing better quality of life at the end of life to increasing numbers of individuals and families. Patients and families are more often achieving the kinds of outcomes they say matter most—better symptom management, clearer communication about the patient’s condition, greater sensitivity to spiritual and cultural issues, and control over the site of death.
Despite this progress, many challenges remain such as effectively extending care to underserved populations, supporting family caregivers before and after the loss of their loved ones, and communicating effectively as patients and families transition from curative to palliative care.
Compassion in Action is a conference taking place on Friday, March 25 at Santa Clara University, bringing together leading experts who will examine key issues in contemporary end-of-life care. These visionary pragmatists will present ideas, models and programs that can enhance the evolution of advanced-illness care at local, national, and international levels. Conference attendees and participating organizations will be a second faculty for the conference as they network and share innovative ideas and services already contributing to enhancing care at the end of life. Learn more.