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Evidence to Improve Care

Palliative Care

Care for Adults With a Serious Illness


Ontario Health’s Clinical and Quality Standards Program partnered with the Ontario Palliative Care Network to develop the Palliative Care quality standard.

This quality standard addresses palliative care for adults with a serious illness, and for their family and care partners. It focuses on palliative care in all health settings, for all health disciplines, and in all health sectors. It includes information about general palliative care that applies to all health conditions. Palliative care can benefit individuals and their care partners as early as at the time of diagnosis of a serious illness through the end of life and bereavement.

This quality standard was completed in April 2018 and updated in April 2024.

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