The National Palliative Care Research Center

Curing suffering through palliative care research.

Palliative Care Organizations

American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (AAHPM)

AAHPM is an organization of physicians and other medical professionals dedicated to excellence in and advancement of palliative medicine through prevention and relief of patient and family suffering by providing education and clinical practice standards, fostering research, facilitating personal and professional development, and by public policy advocacy

American Board of Hospice and Palliative Medicine (ABHPM)

ABHPM promotes excellence in the care of all patients with advanced, progressive illness through the development of standards for training and practice in palliative medicine. The Board is an independent, non-profit organization whose certificate is recognized as signifying a high level of physician competence in the discipline of palliative medicine.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association (CHPCA)

CHPCA is the national association which provides leadership in hospice palliative care in Canada. CHPCA offers leadership in the pursuit of excellence in care for persons approaching death so that the burdens of suffering, loneliness and grief are lessened.

Caring Connections

Caring Connections is a Program of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO).  It provides free resources and information to help people make decisions about end-of-life care and services before a crisis and can help people connect with the resources they need, when they need them.

Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC)

CAPC is a resource to hospitals and other health care settings interested in developing palliative care programs. CAPC is dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services in hospitals and other health care settings for people with life-threatening illnesses, their families, and caregivers.

European Association for Palliative Care

A non-governmental organization recognized by the Council of Europe, with goals to improve awareness, knowledge, and expertise in end-of-life care, and to unify national palliative care organizations and establish an international network for the exchange of information and expertise.

European Organization for Research and Treatment of Cancer (EORTC)

The aims of EORTC are to develop, conduct, coordinate, and stimulate laboratory and clinical research in Europe to improve the management of cancer and related problems by increasing survival but also patients' quality of life.

Hospice and Palliative Nurses Association (HPNA)

Established in 1986, HPNA is the nation's largest and oldest professional nursing organization dedicated to promoting excellence in pain management and end-of-life care.

National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)

NHPCO is the largest nonprofit membership organization representing hospice and palliative care programs and professionals in the United States. The organization is committed to improving end of life care and expanding access to hospice care with the goal of profoundly enhancing quality of life for people dying in America and their loved ones.