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Center to Advance Palliative Care Expands Palliative Care Provider Directory to Include Community-Based Settings for Patients with Serious Illness

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) has launched an expanded online Palliative Care Provider Directory for patients with serious illness, their families, friends and caregivers. The new Provider Directory is specifically designed for users to quickly and easily identify, locate and contact palliative care in their area, in both hospital and community-based settings.

Due to the consistent growth, availability of, and demand for palliative care services beyond the hospital setting, the new functions of the Palliative Care Provider Directory enable users to search for providers based on enhanced location features and to filter by care settings, including: Hospital, Home, Nursing Home, and Office/Clinic.

Palliative Care is specialized medical care for people with serious illness. This type of care is focused on providing relief from the symptoms and stress of a serious illness. The goal is to improve quality of life for both the patient and the family. Palliative care is provided by a specially-trained team of doctors, nurses and other specialists who work together with a patient’s other doctors to provide an extra layer of support. It is appropriate at any age and at any stage in a serious illness, and it can be provided along with curative treatment.

“Patients with serious illness, and their families, face enormous challenges and stresses. Palliative care provides the all-important added layer of support so that patients feel well enough to complete their treatments; families get their questions and concerns addressed; and both can live well while dealing with a serious illness. Finding these services needs to be easy and convenient, not only for patients and families but also for their medical teams,” said Diane E. Meier MD, director of the Center to Advance Palliative Care. “Fortunately for patients and their families, palliative care supports are increasingly available not only in hospitals, but also in office practices, home care programs, and in nursing facilities. Our palliative care provider directory makes it easy to find help locally, in your neighborhood.”

There are several ways providers can become listed in the Provider Directory, including participating in the Mapping Community Palliative Care in the Community™ project or participating in the National Palliative Care Registry™.

The Palliative Care Provider Directory is available at GetPalliativeCare.Org, CAPC’s online resource for patients and families. The website focuses solely on providing information on palliative care from the point of diagnosis. In addition to the Provider Directory, the website has been refreshed, providing enhanced features such as webinars, briefings and multimedia presentations.

The Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) is a national, member-based nonprofit organization dedicated to increasing the availability of quality palliative care services for people facing serious illness. To learn more, visit

Contact: Lisa Morgan,, 917.838.7936