Improving the quality of spiritual care as a dimension of palliative care: the report of the Consensus Conference

J Palliat Med. 2009 Oct;12(10):885-904. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2009.0142.


A Consensus Conference sponsored by the Archstone Foundation of Long Beach, California, was held February 17-18, 2009, in Pasadena, California. The Conference was based on the belief that spiritual care is a fundamental component of quality palliative care. This document and the conference recommendations it includes builds upon prior literature, the National Consensus Project Guidelines, and the National Quality Forum Preferred Practices and Conference proceedings.

Publication types

  • Consensus Development Conference
  • Review

MeSH terms

  • California
  • Communication
  • Cooperative Behavior
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Humans
  • Interprofessional Relations
  • Models, Psychological
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Palliative Care*
  • Patient Care Team
  • Practice Guidelines as Topic
  • Quality of Health Care / standards*
  • Spirituality*
  • United States