Palliative Performance Scale

Before We Begin


This module has been created to educate health care providers about the Palliative Performance Scale. 


There are a number of questions in this first version of the module to assist Lee Ann Fox RN, BScN, CON(C), CHPCN(C), graduate student University of Victoria, in her research to understand the needs of providers in these area.

This module will take approximately 30 minutes to complete.




What is your profession?


How many years have you been practicing?


How many years have you been in your current position?



After completing this module you will be able to:

  • explain the components of the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS)

  • apply the PPS to a variety of clinical examples


  • describe the utility and risks of using a communication tool like the PPS


Palliative Care


Palliative Care is....


As a healthcare provider, the most significant thing I can do for a patient with palliative needs is...


In dealing with a Palliative patient, I would be most worried about...

References for this Activity
1. Sepulveda C, Marlin A, Yoshida T, & Ullrich A. Palliative Care: The World Health Organization’s global perspective. Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2002;24(2):91-96.

 The sunflower is the international symbol of hospice care.  Hospice is not a place but a philosophy of care and may be more familiar to you as palliative care.

The Canadian Hospice Palliative Care Association defines Hospice Palliative Care as "care that aims to relieve suffering and improve the quality of living and dying."[1]





1. accessed January 8, 2008

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