A Community of Exceptional Nurses
To promote excellence in end-of-life care for patients and their families in critical
care settings by: defining the gaps between ideal standards and current practices;
identifying and disseminating existing resources; developing new resources that
respond to prevailing deficiencies; and defining a research, education and policy
agenda that advances the goal of excellence in end-of-life care.
Established in January 1999, the Critical Care Workgroup brought together a group
of 45 thought leaders in end-of-life in critical care from North America, Europe,
Israel, and Australia. Participants established a research agenda, fostered funding
from private foundations for critical care end-of-life projects, and developed educational
initiatives to inform curricula in end-of-life teaching in North America.
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Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care was 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.
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