An overview of the ACE project—Advocating for Clinical Excellence: Transdisciplinary palliative care education


Background. Excellence in palliative care demands attention to the multidimensional aspects of patient and family suffering, yet too few psycho-oncology professionals report adequate preparation in this vital area. Methods. A total of 148 competitively selected psychologists, social workers, and spiritual care professionals participated in intensive educational courses to enhance their palliative care delivery, leadership, and advocacy skills. Extensive process and outcome evaluations measured the effectiveness of this educational program. Results. To date, 2 national courses have been completed. The courses received strong overall evaluations, with participants rating increased confidence in defined palliative care skills. Conclusions. The initial results of this innovative National Cancer Institute-funded transdisciplinary training for psycho-oncology professionals affirm the need and feasibility of the program. See the Advocating for Clinical Excellence Project Web site ( for additional course information.

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Correspondence to Shirley Otis-Green MSW, LCSW, ACSW, OSW-C.

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Supported by a grant from the National Cancer Institute R-25 CA110454 (Shirley Otis-Green, MSW, ACSW, LCSW, OSW-C, Principal Investigator).

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Otis-Green, S., Ferrell, B., Spolum, M. et al. An overview of the ACE project—Advocating for Clinical Excellence: Transdisciplinary palliative care education. J Canc Educ 24, 120–126 (2009).

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  • National Comprehensive Cancer Network
  • National Quality Forum
  • Spiritual Assessment
  • Advocacy Skill