Defining Clinical Excellence for Palliative Care Specialists: A Concept Whose Time Has Come

David Shih Wu, Ambereen K. Mehta, C. Brandon Brewer, Danetta Sloan, Sydney Morss Dy, Mary Lynn McPherson, Constance Dahlin

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Experts in the field of palliative care in the United States (U.S.) have defined competence, or “good,” mainly for programs, trainees, or providers of primary palliative care. Our interprofessional workgroup of palliative care specialists proposes that setting a standard for clinical excellence, or “great,” applicable to palliative care specialists of all professions will elevate the field in the U.S. by providing an aspirational target usable for individual assessment and self-assessment, highlighting the common ground between team roles, and promoting a deeper understanding of teamwork, utilization, and productivity. We call for research that utilizes inclusive methods and broad representation of diverse voices to design a vivid, practical, and evidence-based definition of clinical excellence for palliative care specialists.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)1377-1382
Number of pages6
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number12
StatePublished - Dec 2022


  • clinical excellence
  • competencies
  • core excellence
  • interprofessional
  • palliative care specialists
  • quality standards

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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