Pallipedia is a free online palliative care dictionary built by the International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care (IAHPC).
Pallipedia resulted from a strategic plan carried early in 2008 by the IAHPC Board of Directors, who recommended developing and implementing a palliative care specialized online dictionary to improve palliative care knowledge and resources for the global community.
Over the past few years, with the advances in technology and new knowledge resulting from research, the amount of information on the Internet has grown exponentially. As part of this growth, several online dictionaries have been built, but nonspecific to palliative care. Individuals seeking for the definition of terms related to the field are forced to look in different sources, some of which do not meet appropriate quality standards. There is a need for reliable, accurate and timely information in a single source. Pallipedia provides such service to the global palliative care community.
Pallipedia is a registered trademark of the IAHPC. Initial development of Pallipedia was funded by a grant from the US Cancer Pain Relief Committee. Ongoing development and maintenance is done by Dr. Roberto Wenk, the IAHPC Past Chair of the IAHPC.