Palliative Care


Penn Medicine and its partners and affiliates work together to advance palliative medicine through cutting edge research and innovation. There are active collaborations within Penn Medicine and its affiliated hospitals, the Philadelphia VA Medical Center and the Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, as well as community partners.

CLAIM Program

The Comprehensive Longitudinal Advanced Illness Management (CLAIM) program is funded by a $4.3 million grant that provides more services to patients receiving home-based palliative care. The program, administered through Caring Way, evaluates a comprehensive set of home care services for patients with cancer living in the five-county Philadelphia metropolitan area who have advanced cancer and receive skilled home care.

Research Partnership with Philadelphia VA Medical Center

Palliative care physicians, nurses, and investigators from Penn Medicine and the University of Pennsylvania regularly collaborate with the Philadelphia VA Medical Center on clinical studies and research to advance palliative medicine.


Coalition of Hospices Organized to Investigate Comparative Effectiveness (CHOICE) is a network of hospices in the United States committed to advancing the science of compassionate care. Participating hospices use electronic health records to define safe and effective care and to evaluate strategies to implement best practices. CHOICE is based on the philosophy that the best hospice research offers results that can rapidly improve care and outcomes that are important to patients and families.

Learn more about CHOICE

Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS)

The Fostering Improvement in End-of-Life Decision Science (FIELDS) program at the University of Pennsylvania is a research program that brings together a multidisciplinary team working to improve the timing, content and outcomes of the end-of-life decisions made by patients, family members and providers. This research program examines whether it is possible to shape these influences on choice so that the decisions of patients and families are more likely to match their own real goals.

Learn more about FIELDS