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.
Pediatric Palliative Care Program Improves Communication, Reduces Patient Suffering, and Helps Parents Feel More Prepared for Child's End-of-Life Experience
The Pediatric Advanced Care Team is a pediatric palliative care consult service that provides intensive symptom management as well as honest, complete, and sensitive communication with patients and families.
Family Caregiver Participation in Hospice Care Planning Meetings via Videophone Might Improve Understanding of Practices Related to Pain Management
Every other week, family caregivers participated in interdisciplinary patient care planning meetings with hospice staff via videophone. The pilot program did not result in any statistically significant changes in caregivers' overall perceptions of pain medication or management, and did not determine impact on their pain management practices.
System-Integrated Program Coordinates Care for People With Advanced Illness, Leading to Greater Use of Hospice Services, Lower Utilization and Costs, and High Satisfaction
The Advanced Illness Management program supports Medicare patients with advanced illness and their families in making patient-centered decisions, leading to greater use of hospice care, lower inpatient and ambulatory utilization and overall care costs, and high levels of patient, family, and physician satisfaction.
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.
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Advance Care Planning: Preferences for Care at the End of Life
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
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.
Interventions to Reduce Acute Care Transfers (INTERACT) Tools
INTERACT is a quality improvement program designed to improve the early identification, assessment, documentation, and communication about changes in the status of residents in skilled nursing facilities. The goal of INTERACT is to improve care and reduce the frequency of potentially avoidable transfers to the acute hospital.