Compassion and Support


Patients & Families

Comprehensive Resources and Related Topics

Comprehensive Resources

  • Healthwise Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    Healthwise is a Web site that provides interactive decision support tools and reliable medical facts that are available to help individuals make end of life care decisions.
  • EDELE  Medical Staff  StarStarStarStarStar

    This website offers data resources and search strategies on dying and end-of-life issues.  EDELE has useful data about decedents, dying and end-of-life experience.
  • Palliative Care Policy Center Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This website offers expert support to a wide range of facilities that serve individuals who are at the end of life.
  • Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarHalf Star works to improve care for the dying. This website acts as a gateway to resources for life-threatening illness & end-of-life issues. Features an excellent search engine for topics related to end-of-life care.
  • Promoting Excellence in End-of-Life Care Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This website provides reference material on end-of-life care.
  • Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This website is an excellent source of information on quality and patient safety,
  • End of Life Issues Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStar

    This website created through Medline Plus (a service of the NIH) is very comprehensive. It covers everything from advance
    directives, to palliative care, death and dying, coping, and the practical considerations that must be made, such as funeral arrangements and financial issues. The website is also a source for answering medical questions.
  • Last Acts Program Compassion StarStarStarHalf Star

    The Last Acts website was created by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation as part of the Last Acts program. The Last Acts program created quality web content about end-of-life care, covering a wide range of issues.
  • Innovations in End-of-Life Care Medical Staff StarStarStarHalf Star

    The Innovations in End-of-Life Care is an online, peer-reviewed journal that aims to identify promising practices in end-of-life care while providing useful tools and resources.
  • National Initiative for the Care of the Elderly Medical Staff

    Based in Canada, NICE disseminates research and “best practices” for the care of older adults.
  • Institute for Healthcare Improvement: Last Phase of Life   Medical StaffStarStarStarStar

    The Institute for Healthcare Improvement provides a website with comprehensive resources about a wide variety of topics in health care.  This link takes you to the page discussing how to improve care during the last phase of life, but there are many other topics that can also be accessed. 
  •  Compassion

        Provides links to national and international healthcare resources on an ever increasing
        range of health topics.  What is unique about is that is provides
        links to patient published Web sites and online discussions.                

Related Topics

Caregiver Resources

  • Second Opinion for Caregivers Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    Second Opinion Caregiver's Diary and Resource Guide in English and Spanish

    Second Opinion is an award-winning PBS health series.  This Caregiver's Diary and Resource Guide can be used to help individuals manage their loved one's health care and find the resources caregivers may need for themselves.
  • Second Opinion for Caregivers Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    Second Opinion is an award-winning PBS health series.  The Second Opinion television show has had three episodes on caregiving which are available on this website.
  • Second Opinion for Caregivers Transcripts Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    Second Opinion welcomes and encourages you to view helpful weekly transcripts where a healthcare team solves a real medical mystery.   Topics include: Alzheimer's Disease: A Caregiver's Journey, Caregiver Burnout and Kidney Disease: Caring for Someone With a Chronic Disease.  Each transcript is available in English and Spanish.
  • Mercy Respite for Caregivers Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStar

    Mercy Respite for Caregivers offers a multi-program approach of mind, body, and spirit to meet the needs of family caregivers, professional caregivers, grandparents raising grandchildren, and inter-faith communities.
    Click on this link to print the Mercy Respite for Caregivers brochure and registration.

Healthy Aging

Elder Abuse

              The MetLife Mature Market Institute, in partnership with Virginia Tech, the University of Kentucky and the National
              Committee for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (NCPEA) conducted a study to determine the extent and
              consequences of elder financial abuse. 

  • "Observing and Addressing Financial and Material Exploitation of Older Adults," an online course sponsored by the New England Maine Geriatric Education Center and AARP. 

    This free online course is intended for healthcare professionals, health professions faculty and students to help them develop a better understanding of financial and material exploitation/abuse against older adults -- whether committed by family members, friends, individuals in a position of trust, strangers, or caregivers.


  • Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar

    This website was created by the NIH to help connect patients suffering from a wide variety of diseases, with focused research being done into those particular diseases. The website is searchable by disease type and by location (such as “lung cancer, Rochester, NY”). Patients can use this website to search for clinical trials into their disease that are currently happening. Health care professionals can use this site to connect their patients with clinical trials that they may find helpful.
  • FDA's Office of Special Health Issues: Information for Parents Compassion StarStarStarStar

    The FDA Office of Special Health Issues has information about HIV/AIDS, cancer, diabetes, and other key diseases that are particularly relevant for the public. Information is provided about ongoing clinical trials for new drugs to treat these special health issues, and the site can help link patients up with ongoing clinical trials for new drugs that are meant to treat a specific disease.
  • FDA Center for Drug Evaluation and Research Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStar

    This website is a resource for more information about specific drugs that are still in development, or are already on the market. The site has articles meant for patients and families who have questions about drugs. There are also areas of the site that are better for health care professionals, as they discuss the technical and chemical side of pharmaceuticals.

Specific Diseases

  • Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Resource Center CompassionMedical StaffStarStarStarStar

    The Web site for the Mesothelioma & Asbestos Cancer Resource Center provides patients, families, caregivers and professionals', education, tools and resources on cancer of the mesotheliuma, a form of asbestos cancer.  The Web site has been reviewed by a board-certified oncologist, Dr. Michael Milano.
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    This Web site is dedicated to compiling the latest and most u-to-date information on pleural mesothelioma and offers a number for resources to those coping with the pulmonary cancer.  From treatment options to top doctors and the best cancer center in the United States, is a one-stop resource for pleural mesothelioma patients and their families.
  • Journal of the National Cancer Institute Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarHalf Star

    The website for the Journal of the National Cancer Institute gives people access to articles from the journal, as well as abstracts. Most of what can be found through this website is intended for medical professionals; however, there are some short, easy-to-read articles that summarize important research in an understandable manner appropriate for patients and families.

International Health Care

  • Compassion Medical Staff StarStarStarStarStar is a very well organized site created by the West Sussex Forum, based in England.  The website is relevant for people around the world.  Patients and families can take needs assessment quizzes, and can look at the different types of care and choices that they have.  Health care professionals can use the website to give information to patients, or to inform themselves more completely.