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Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council

The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council was passed into law in 2015, in order to address access to and quality of patient centered, family focused care in Maine.  Comprehensive palliative care services are designed to prevent and treat suffering caused by a medical illness or condition.

The Palliative Care and Quality of Life Interdisciplinary Advisory Council

This includes the management of pain and other symptoms from a physical, emotional, spiritual and psycho-social perspective in order to enhance quality of life.  Research shows that palliative care services are a cost-effective approach to helping individuals deal with advanced chronic or life-threatening illness in the comfort of their own home. However, market research data, compiled by Hospice Analytics, shortly after LD 782 passed into law, revealed that only 10 out of 34 hospitals in Maine reported having a palliative care program. Those that did, reported varying structures, staffing and services. In Title 5, Chapter 379, the Maine Hospice Council was listed as "Convening Authority" for the PC Advisory Council. Ten members are appointed by legislative leadership, three members are appointed by the Maine Hospice Council. Membership reflects an interdisciplinary composition. All appointees have either personal and/or professional experience with palliative care. Meetings are held quarterly or at the discretion of the co-chairs, but no less than twice a year. All meetings are open to the public.

Click Here for the PCQOL 2023 Council Roster

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Click Here to Access the Maine Hospice Council State-Wide Resource Guide of End-of-Life Care Support Services:

A directory of medical and non-medical resources throughout Maine.


Palliative Care Resource Sites

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Mesothelioma.com - Helping Mesothelioma Patients Since 1996


Information Related to Mesothelioma, Respiratory Health, and Support for Patients and Families

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Advance Care Planning Materials

Advance Directive Vs. POLST Forms

Maine Health Care Advance Directive Form

My Caring Plan

Choosing WiselyPromoting conversations between patients and clinicians

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Elder Justice

National Indigenous Elder Justice Initiative


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The Maine Long-Term Care Ombudsman Program



Caring Info: What is the Difference Between Palliative Care and Hospice Care?

NASHP: Educating the Public about Palliative Care

My Caring Plan: A Thorough Guide to Terminal Agitation

Use of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

What to Do When Someone Dies

Center to Advanced Palliative Care

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“The essential reference for those planning and starting home-based palliative care programs. The Guide outlines a process for designing a program that provides the highest quality care, is responsive to stakeholder priorities, and is financially and operationally sustainable.”-CAPC

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American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network Palliative Care Brochure

American Cancer Society Cancer Network Pediatric Palliative Care Brochure



Medical Publishing, LLC is pround to present the 2017-2018 Maine Healthcare & Hospital Guide

RAISE Act State Policy Road Map for Family Caregivers: Public Awareness and Outreach to Family Caregivers

RAISE Initial Family Caregivers Report to Congress

Harvard Health Publishing: "New Guidelines on Opioids for Pain Relief: What You Need to Know"

Other Resources

National Institute on Aging: "Understanding Different Types of Dementia"

CDC announced updates to the guidelines for prescribing, tapering or continuing opioid prescriptions for pain.

Link to guidelines



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Certified Hospice and Palliative Nurse (CHPN) Computer Based Examination Candidate Handbook: This handbook contains all the information you will need concerning certification/re-certification. Including test dates and fees.

Access Handbook Here

 To access test site locations, click the link before and enter your zip code to locate the test site closest to you.

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