North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force

The North Dakota Palliative Care Task Force is committed to improving the quality of life of those facing serious health conditions by promoting patient-centered palliative care and improving access to services. Although it is one of the fastest growing trends in healthcare, palliative care is often misunderstood. The task is set up to develop educational opportunities for providers, patients, and community members to help them clearly understand palliative care and the benefits it offers. The task force aims to increase awareness and utilization throughout the state of North Dakota to improve the quality of life of its citizens.

Advance Care Planning Overview

Having an Advance Care Plan for health care is important. Like all planning it involves thinking ahead. Advance care planning involves thinking about what you would do if you became so ill that you could no longer communicate with your loved ones or health care providers. You may be in good health right now, or you may have a chronic or serious health issue. But all of us need to think about what we would want if we were suddenly injured or suffered a tragic illness and were unable to hear or speak with others. WHO would talk with the doctor and nurses to make decisions for you? WHAT would they decide?

Advanced Care Planning for Young Adults

Having an Advance Care Plan for health care is important. Like all planning it involves thinking ahead. Advance care planning involves thinking about what you would do if you became so ill that you could no longer communicate with your loved ones or health care providers. You may be in good health right now, or you may have a chronic or serious health issue. But all of us need to think about what we would want if we were suddenly injured or suffered a tragic illness and were unable to hear or speak with others. WHO would talk with the doctor and nurses to make decisions for you? WHAT would they decide?

“Conversation Ready”: A Framework for Improving End-of-Life Care

Institute for Healthcare Improvement

Describes the Conversation Ready framework, the changes associated with the framework’s five principles that can be implemented to improve end-of-life care, examples of changes tested by organizations, and suggested measures to guide improvement.

http://www.ihi.org/resources/Pages/IHIWhitePapers/ConversationReadyEndofLifeCare.aspx