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.
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.
Intensivists Make Placement Decisions and Manage Critically Ill Patients Throughout Hospital, Leading to Lower Mortality and Better Management of Intensive Care Unit Capacity
Working as part of an “intensive care unit without walls,” critical care physicians (called intensivists) decide which patients require intensive care unit admission and oversee the care of all critically ill patients throughout the hospital, leading to declines in hospital and intensive care unit mortality, improved management of intensive care unit bed capacity, and low intensive care unit length of stay for terminally ill patients.
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.
Telephone-Based Care Management With Automated Symptom Monitoring Reduces Pain and Depression in Cancer Patients
A combination of telephone-based nurse case management and automated symptom monitoring leads to significant reductions in the severity of pain and depression in cancer patients being treated in urban and rural oncology practices.
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Chemotherapy and You: Support for People With Cancer
This book is a guide patients can refer to throughout chemotherapy treatment. It includes facts about chemotherapy and its side effects and also highlights ways patients can care for themselves before, during, and after treatment.
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.
Caring Connections: Brochures
Caring Connections provides brochures to help people make informed decisions about end-of-life care and services.
Managing Drug-Seeking Behaviors & Super Users in the Emergency Department
This guide for emergency department (ED) physicians, nurses, and caregivers includes information and tools for providing pain management care to drug "super users" in the ED.
2009 National Healthcare Quality Report
The key function of the National Healthcare Quality Report (NHQR) is to summarize the state of health care quality for the Nation and report on progress and opportunities for improving health care quality, as mandated by the U.S. Congress.