This project provides an overview of the standard and regular implementation of palliative care versus early implementation of palliative care in patients with chronic or terminal illnesses. Palliative care is an essential component of healthcare that focuses on improving the quality of life and providing support to patients through holistic elements to patients and their families facing chronic and terminal illnesses. With evidence-based research, many articles have been published with implementation of early palliative care showing improvement in patient and even caregiver quality of life. This project includes evidence gathered from mixed methods of systematic review of existing literature, randomized controlled trials, and qualitative studies involving a population of patients with a range of serious illnesses requiring palliative care. For this benchmark review, the data compares various factors within research to conclude improvement of patient quality of life.

Date of publication

Fall 12-3-2023

Document Type

MSN Capstone Project



Persistent identifier



Masters in Nursing Education