SIMPLE: Standardized International Manual of Palliative Life Education
Any significant donations to this cause will be used to establish a non-profit charity called SIMPLE. The acronym SIMPLE stands for Standardized International Manual of Palliative Life Education. Once funded, SIMPLE will help coordinate the development of a comprehensive palliative life medicine study guide manual that will be used by millions of clinicians throughout the world. The entirely new manual will be used to certify all doctors, nurses, physician assistants, pharmacists, social workers, respiratory therapists, dietitians, occupational and physical therapists, x-ray technologists, child-life specialists, hospital administrators and managers, clergy, volunteers and others in palliative life care. All of these people will use the same manual as a study guide, but the length of the certification course for each individual will be dependent upon the nature of the person’s work.The manual will have everything from basic to intermediate and even advanced practice information so that those who undergo less education can have access to further reading to help expand their knowledge. The manual will incorporate information listed on the Article Resource page, as well as examples of prayers, poems, inspirational messages, and case studies or personal reflections. Most reader's will be inspied by the content yet attain significant knowledge in palliative life care medicine.
Funds donated for this cause will be used as an international cooperative to enlist and support dozens of world-renowned doctors, doctorate nurses and other authorities in palliative life care who will help write this new manual. The scholarly people recruited will be those who have worked on the forefront of palliative care and hospice for many years. Funds will also be used to write legislation that will require all health care workers in the USA to complete a palliative life certification course. Once the bill is written, funds will be used to lobby elected officials to support the legislation. Other countries can then adopt the legislation that is suited to their customs. SIMPLE may also become the international authority to officiate certification in palliative life care.
Once SIMPLE is launched, it will take at least 6-months for the study guide to be written, which will be under 500 pages and will cover dozens of topics in palliative and hospice medicine. Numerous manuscripts already exist that can be compiled and incorporated into the manual. Once the study guide is written, it will then be distributed to all health care facilities so that classes can be conducted that will get all health care staff officially certified in palliative care. The entire process of writing the manual, distributing it and conducting the classes for millions of people will be completed in about 2-years. This endeavor will be similar to the way that millions of health care workers have become certified in advanced cardiac life support (ACLS).
SIMPLE will tremendously benefit millions of Americans of all ages, as well as millions of other people in the world who are living and dying from a life-limiting condition. This will not only benefit millions of patients, but also their family members and the clinicians and staff who care for them. The same problem with widespread ignorance about palliative life knowledge that is prevalent in the USA is also prevalent throughout the world. Therefore, this project will become extended to printing the manual into every language, and making it available on the Internet to download in PDF. Palliative lfe care can then be practiced in a standardized manner in all health care settings throughout the world and will be a true multi-disciplinary aspect of medicine.