Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care
Counseling and care coordination for patients with advanced illnesses improved patient–provider communication and the quality of medical care and decisionmaking support, leading to more patients completing advance directives and lower inpatient care requirements.
Palliative Care Nurses in Primary Care Clinics Reduce Hospital Admissions, Increase Use of Hospice and Home Care for Patients Nearing End of Life
A partnership between a hospice organization and an 11-location multispecialty group practice places palliative care nurses in primary care clinics to monitor dying patients' medical and social care needs, coordinate community services, and discuss end-of-life issues.
Hospital Collaborative-Inspired Improvements in Donation and Procurement Processes Lead to Increase in Organ Donors
As part of a collaborative with other hospitals, a health system developed multiple strategies to improve the organ donation request and procurement process, leading to a high conversion rate (the percentage of potential donors who become actual donors); collaborative participants as a group experienced a marked rise in conversion rates and donors.
Multidisciplinary Team Brings Palliative Care to Rural Patients, Leading to Improved Symptom Management and High Levels of Satisfaction
A palliative care program brings holistic physical, spiritual, and psychosocial support and care to patients in rural areas in their setting of choice, leading to improved symptom management and high levels of patient and provider satisfaction.
Community-Based Oncology Practice Redesigns Processes Based on Patient-Centered Medical Home Model To Enhance Access, Improve Quality, and Reduce Costs
A community-based oncology practice's patient-centered medical home model features oncology-specific information technology, a standardized assessment, multidisciplinary care plan, patient navigators, telephone triage line, patient education and engagement, and ongoing performance monitoring, leading to improvements in access, quality, and costs.
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A Guide to Lung Transplantation: Patient Education Guide
This 14-page patient guide provides information on many aspects of lung transplantation.
Advanced Lung Cancer: Issues to Consider—Patient Education Guide
This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and You: Patient Education Guide
This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).
Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Sample Forms
The Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Paradigm program, designed to improve the quality of care people receive at the end of life, promotes the use of a POLST form to document medical orders such as pain management, resuscitation orders, feeding procedures, and other medical interventions.
Quick Health Data Online
This database provides State- and county-level health data for all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and U.S. territories and possessions. Data are available by gender and race/ethnicity and come from a variety of National and State sources.