The Common Sense Guide to Improving Palliative Care > 1.2 Better Care for Patients and Families: Make It Happen

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Better Care for Patients and Families: Make It Happen

Many clinical teams with whom we have partnered have focused on one or more of four areas that are well tested and offer good starting points. Eventually, you may want to work on all four areas. At first, though, focus on the one area that seems to cause the greatest distress for patients in your care — and on one that seems changeable for the better. Most groups find that they can do the following.

Here, you will find practical information about how to make such improvements. At the most general level, effective improvement requires the following: