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NHPCO Position Statements

Hospice Philosophy and Ethical Statements from NHPCO:

  • NHPCO's Ethical Principles: These ethical principles should be upheld by all hospice and palliative care providers.
  • Preamble to Standards of Practice and Hospice Philosophy Statement: Originally published in the 2000 edition of NHPCO’s Hospice Standards of Practice, updated 2010.
  • NHPCO offers the Guide to Organizational Ethics in Hospice Care as a resource to hospice programs and professionals. Four key concepts of the hospice philosophy of care are presented. Seven organizational values are explained and applied to seven core operational domains of hospice provider organizations, with examples of how the values can be integrated into policies and practices in the domains.

    The intent is for organizations to use the framework and values in this document to inform development and implementation of organizational policies, procedures, and practices consistent with ethical standards resonant with the hospice philosophy of care.

    NHPCO Members:  review and download the Guide to Organizational Ethics in Hospice Care (2016).