See what your organization can do to achieve some of the targets originally proposed to the Breakthrough Series quality improvement teams, such as:
A popular expression describes people as "spiritual beings having a human experience" rather than human beings having a spiritual experience. At life's crossroads - births, deaths, marriages - we are often reminded of just how spiritual life is and of how important it is to attend to relationships, families, and our own sense of meaning. Perhaps at no time is the sense stronger than it is during the dying process. By honoring the spiritual in each person, health care providers honor our humanity. Programs that encourage and promote such attention promote a sense of worth, dignity, and respect for patients and loved ones.
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This online version of the book Improving Care for the End of Life: A Sourcebook for Health Care Managers and Clinicians is provided with permission of Americans for Better Care of the Dying [ www.abcd-caring.org ] and Oxford University Press. All rights reserved.
For further information on quality improvement in end-of-life care visit The Palliative Care Policy Center [ www.medicaring.org ].