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Journal of Palliative Medicine; doi:10.1089/jpm.2021.0182
The escalating global burden of serious health-related suffering makes the need for funded policies that integrate palliative care (PC) into the continuum of services more urgent than ever. Palliative specialists are uniquely positioned to merge their clinical expertise with empirical evidence to advocate for improved PC delivery. There is a vital feedback loop between advocacy and clinical practice that palliative specialists can leverage to influence key stakeholders and decision makers and bridge PC policy deficits. Sustained interdisciplinary partnerships are critical to evidence-based PC advocacy that addresses resource gaps, social injustice, and unmet and disparate needs. Although PC advocacy may appear optional or even frivolous at times, it is an essential skill for any practitioner working to improve care for seriously ill individuals and their families. This article highlights 10 pragmatic tips that palliative specialists can use to advocate for policy changes that enhance PC access and equity at institutional, local, national, and global levels.