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Palliative care programs are required to collect and analyze data on four or more performance measures. At least two of the four should be clinical measures related to or identified in practice guidelines for the program. Measures selected by the program or service should be evidence-based, relevant, valid, and reliable.
The Joint Commission is not prescriptive regarding the specific measures that are implemented; the emphasis is on the use of performance measures for improving palliative care services.
The Center to Advance Palliative Care offers suggestions for performance measures for palliative care programs. Organizations have the option of choosing from these measures, or others that meet the criteria above.
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