The Center to Advance Palliative Care ( was established by The Robert Wood Johnson Foundation to promote wider access to excellent palliative care in hospitals and health systems nationwide. The Center builds upon the example of compassionate care created by the hospice movement. It is the vision of both the Foundation and the Center that palliative care become the standard of care for Americans suffering from serious conditions and for those approaching the end of life.


More than half of all deaths occur in hospitals. In its effort to extend the high-quality end-of-life care initiated by the hospice movement to hospitalized patients, CAPC works strategically with other national programs such as EPEC (Education for Physicians on End-of-Life Care) and Last Acts, an initiative designed to improve care and caring near the end of life. CAPC also collaborates with influential groups such as the American Hospital Association, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and The American Academy of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.


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