This study describes the significant correlation between the Braden Scale (BS) and the Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) in patients with advanced illness that has not been previously reported. The analysis was based on a prospective sequential case series of 664 patients suffering from advanced illness who were referred to a regional palliative medicine programme in Toronto, Canada. Baseline BS and PPS scores assessed within 24 hours of referral were considered for analysis. After controlling for age, gender, consult site and diagnosis (cancer versus non cancer), we observed a significant positive correlation between baseline PPS and BS scores (r = 0·885, P < 0·001). These findings suggest that for patients with advanced illness where BS is not routinely used, PPS could be considered as a proxy for pressure ulcer risk assessment.