Designing a Home-Based Palliative Care Program

Implementation Tool
June 2020


This toolkit shares business strategies, sample protocols, and best practice clinical tools for health care providers interested in developing a home-based palliative care program.


Palliative care provided in the home is associated with reduced symptom burden, increases in patient and caregiver satisfaction, and reductions in overall cost. This toolkit, curated by the Center to Advance Palliative Care (CAPC) Home-Based Palliative Care Workgroup, aims to help providers design and implement a sustainable home-based palliative care program that aligns with their organizational priorities.

About this Tool

This comprehensive toolkit provides resources in 11 broad categories that span from initial stakeholder engagement conversations to tools to use upon program implementation when patients are being seen in the home. Examples of resources include:

  • Tools to create the business case for home-based palliative care as well resources for program financing, operations, and marketing;

  • Clinical tools to identify the target patient population, assessment tools for home visits, and best practice guides for telehealth visits; and

  • Links to CAPC courses, webinars, and past presentations to learn from and connect with other providers that have created and sustained successful home-based palliative care programs.

Note, the tools and resources included in this toolkit have varying levels of evidence. Some of the resources in the toolkit are open access and some are accessible for CAPC members only.


Providers and health systems at various stages of the planning process can use this toolkit to design and implement a home-based palliative care program.

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