Promoting Excellence : Palliative Outcomes Scale

Instrument Name:
Palliative Outcomes Scale (POS)

Evaluation Tools - Satisfaction/Perception of Care

Professor Irene Higginson
St. Christopher's Hospice
King's College, London

Author Contact Information:
Irene Higginson
[email protected]

Higginson IJ, Finlay I, Goodwin DM, Cook AM, Hood K, Edwards AG, Douglas HR, Norman CE.: Do hospital-based palliative teams improve care for patients or families at the end of life? J Pain Symptom Manage 2002 Feb;23(2):96-106

palliative care, quality of life, caregiver assessment, quality of death, psychosocial assessment, symptom assessment, pain assessment

To use this tool:
Instrument is copyrighted but is made available free. Author requests registration and agreement regarding use.

To view this tool:
A registration page will appear. If you are a previously registered user of the online Innovations in End of Life Care Journal, enter your username and password. The POS opening page will appear.

If you are not a registered user of the online Innovations in End of Life Care Journal, click on Register. Complete the registration form. You will be asked to check your information. Click on Register. You will go to the Innovation Journal home page. Select Archived Issues. Scroll to Jan-Feb 2000. Select Palliative Outcomes Scale available online.

To read more about the development and use of the Palliative Outcomes Scale, log on to Select Archived issues. Scroll to Jan-Feb 2000. Select Featured Innovation. You may need to provide your username and password again.


Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care is a national program of The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation dedicated to long-term changes in health care institutions to substantially improve care for dying people and their families. Visit for more resources.

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