plan of care, documentation, interdisciplinary, hospice



  1. Lovelady, Brenda BSN, CHPN
  2. Sword, Thelma MSN, RN


Paperwork and documentation requirements are not new to any healthcare provider. Hospice programs have numerous requirements for accurate, timely, and patient-specific documentation. The development of an individualized plan of care for the hospice patient and family using a tool that weaves all the required components together can be a valuable program asset. The framework of this tool is applicable to program movement toward care paths and computerized documentation. This article describes the combination of a well-known hospice problem list in a creative format where many of the essentials of documentation flow into one document: the Hospice Plan of Care.