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Evidence to Improve Care

Palliative Care

A quality standard currently in development




As a key partner in the Ontario Palliative Care Network, we are working to produce a quality standard for palliative care.

This quality standard focuses on palliative care for adults with progressive, life-limiting illness, their families, and their caregivers. It addresses palliative care provided in all settings, including primary care, home and community care, hospice, long-term care, and acute care.

The work on this quality standard started in October 2016.

For more information, contact QualityStandards@HQOntario.ca.


Thank you for your comments and feedback. The consultation period has now ended.

The two guides below are in draft form. Please check back here in a few months for the finalized guides and for a variety of other resources related to this standard.

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Patient Reference Guide

Patients: Know what to discuss in your care

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Clinical Guide

Health care professionals: know and offer the highest quality care based on the best available evidence

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