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TriCentral PC Toolkit : Your Guide To Creating An Outpatient Palliative Care Program

This online version of the TriCentral Palliative Care Program Toolkit gives you a step-by-step guide on how you can create an innovative outpatient palliative care program within your own healthcare institution. The toolkit provides a "blueprint" for palliative services based on the Kaiser Permanente TriCentral Service Palliative Care Program (TCPC). It includes guidelines for modifying the palliative care program to fit your organization's structure and to meet the needs of patients in your local community. You can download a printable version of this guide.

Palliative care programs are relatively new additions to the range of services available in our nation's health care system. The guide starts with a general definition of palliative care and then discusses how that definition is operationalized by the TCPC Program. We also present the core components of the TCPC Program and discuss how palliative care programs are similar to and yet different from most hospice programs. The guide includes a wide range of educational, technical assistance, and other support materials that address every aspect of program development for home-based palliative care. We also review the differences between traditional models of care and the integrated model of palliative care used by the TCPC Program.

The authors of this guide are Richard D. Brumley, M.D., and Kristine Hillary, M.S.N., R.N.P. We welcome your questions, your suggestions for improvement as well as your feedback regarding this manual's usefulness. Here's how to contact us:

Richard D. Brumley, M.D.
Kaiser Permanente TriCentral Service Area
12200 Bellflower Blvd.
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 622-4246; Fax (562) 622-4146
[email protected]

Kristine Hillary, M.S.N., R.N.P.
Kaiser Permanente TriCentral Service Area
12200 Bellflower Blvd.
Downey, CA 90242
(562) 622-4062; Fax (562) 622-4146
[email protected]

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About the Authors
Chapter 1: Introducing the TriCentral Palliative Care Program
Chapter 2: Understanding Palliative Care and the TriCentral PC Program
Chapter 3: Building A Palliative Care Program
Chapter 4: TriCentral Palliative Care Program Operations
Chapter 5: Quality Management Plan for Palliative Care
Chapter 6: Financing and Reimbursement for Palliative Care

Keywords: palliative care program development, home-based palliative care, palliative medicine

For more information about the TriCentral Palliative Care Toolkit visit www.growthhouse.org/palliative/. All content is Copyright 2002, 2003 by Richard D. Brumley, M.D. All rights reserved. No part of this toolkit may be reproduced, stored in a retrieval system, or transmitted in any form or by any means, electronic, mechanical, photocopying, recording or otherwise, without written permission from the publishers. This guide to developing home-based outpatient palliative care services was developed through a grant to the Kaiser Permanente TriCentral Service Area from The Project on Death In America. The Kaiser Permanente TriCentral Palliative Care Program is a Sustaining Member of the Inter-Institutional Collaborating Network On End-of-life Care (IICN) which links major organizations internationally.

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