American Academy of Nursing Expert Panel consensus statement on nursing's roles in ensuring universal palliative care access

Nurs Outlook. 2021 Nov-Dec;69(6):961-968. doi: 10.1016/j.outlook.2021.06.011. Epub 2021 Oct 25.


The purpose of this consensus paper was to convene leaders and scholars from eight Expert Panels of the American Academy of Nursing and provide recommendations to advance nursing's roles and responsibility to ensure universal access to palliative care. Part I of this consensus paper herein provides the rationale and background to support the policy, education, research, and clinical practice recommendations put forward in Part II. On behalf of the Academy, the evidence-based recommendations will guide nurses, policy makers, government representatives, professional associations, and interdisciplinary and community partners to integrate palliative nursing services across health and social care settings. The consensus paper's 43 authors represent eight countries (Australia, Canada, England, Kenya, Lebanon, Liberia, South Africa, United States of America) and extensive international health experience, thus providing a global context for the subject matter. The authors recommend greater investments in palliative nursing education and nurse-led research, nurse engagement in policy making, enhanced intersectoral partnerships with nursing, and an increased profile and visibility of palliative nurses worldwide. By enacting these recommendations, nurses working in all settings can assume leading roles in delivering high-quality palliative care globally, particularly for minoritized, marginalized, and other at-risk populations.

Keywords: Health disparities; Health inequity; Hospice care; Hospice nursing; Palliative care; Palliative nursing; Universal health coverage; Universal palliative care access.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Consensus*
  • Education, Nursing
  • Expert Testimony*
  • Global Health
  • Healthcare Disparities
  • Hospice and Palliative Care Nursing*
  • Humans
  • Nurse Administrators
  • Palliative Care*
  • Societies, Nursing
  • Universal Health Care*