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At-Home Palliative Care for Veterans Enhances Medication Adherence and Connections With Families and Providers, While Also Lowering Costs
4/9/2014
The Advanced Illness Palliative Care program is a multidisciplinary initiative that provides care management and palliative care to chronically or terminally ill veterans in their homes via telehealth technology.
Culturally Competent Palliative Care Supports African-American Patients and Families in Dealing With End-of-Life Issues 4/9/2014
Providence Hospital's culturally sensitive palliative care service ensures appropriate medical and pain management, provides emotional support, and dispenses accurate information about palliative care to help the hospital's largely African-American population cope with end-of-life issues.
Deaf Community Health Workers Provide Culturally Appropriate Education and Support to Deaf Patients, Improving Patient Knowledge and Engagement 4/9/2014
Trained community health workers accompany members of the Minnesota Deaf community on medical appointments and conduct home visits, leading to improved access to culturally appropriate care, improvements in patient understanding, trust and confidence, and better adherence to recommended care.
Multidisciplinary Team Brings Palliative Care to Rural Patients, Leading to Improved Symptom Management and High Levels of Satisfaction 4/9/2014
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.
Archived Counseling and Care Coordination for Patients With Advanced Illness Lead to More Patients Completing Advance Directives and Less Use of Inpatient Care 2/26/2014
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.
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Physician Orders for Life-Sustaining Treatment (POLST) Sample Forms 12/18/2013
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.
Caring Connections: Brochures 12/18/2013
Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services. 
Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life 10/9/2013
This report, which presents findings from research funded by the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, can help health care professionals offer end-of-life care based on preferences held by the majority of patients under similar circumstances.
Advanced Lung Cancer: Issues to Consider—Patient Education Guide 3/13/2013
This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with advanced stage lung cancer.
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis and You: Patient Education Guide 3/13/2013
This patient education guide provides information for people diagnosed with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF).

Last updated: April 23, 2014.