"Pediatric Palliative Care Program Versus Usual Care And Healthcare Resource
Utilization In British Columbia: A Matched-pairs Cohort Study."

Title

"Pediatric Palliative Care Program Versus Usual Care And Healthcare Resource
Utilization In British Columbia: A Matched-pairs Cohort Study."

Creator

Conte T; Mitton C; Erdelyi S; Chavoshi N; Siden H

Identifier

DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2016.0177

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2016

Subject

Costs; Health Care Sciences & Services; Child

Description

BACKGROUND:
Evidence on the impact of pediatric palliative care programs (PPCP) on resource utilization is scarce and requires broader measures to include utilization beyond the hospital setting.
OBJECTIVE:
This research aims to provide a Canadian comparative analysis between children in a PPCP with those under usual care, including hospice use to inpatient resource use measurement.
METHODS:
We conducted a retrospective matched-pairs (disease and age at death) cohort comparison of children who died in hospice versus hospital (never enrolled in a PPCP), from 2008 to 2012. Utilization was retrieved from administrative databases and chart review. The main outcomes were number of admissions and length of stay (LOS).
RESULTS:
Eleven pairs were found. PPCP users were more likely to have advanced directives (100% vs. 27%). After controlling for disease and age, we found no significant difference in number of admissions; however, PPCP users had an increase in admissions post-referral compared to pre-referral (median 3.08 admissions), driven by the need for critical care. We did not find a significant difference in LOS, but observed longer admissions among PPCP users pre- (1.91 days/month) and post-referral (3.66 days/month) compared to usual care. Over 60% of inpatient utilization shifted to the hospice post-referral.
DISCUSSION:
The terminal pediatric population referred to PPCP may systematically differ from those under usual care even before enrollment, presenting with higher inpatient utilization in critical care nearing death. A significant portion of inpatient utilization shifted to the hospice, with implications for resource reallocation and enhancements in PPCP referrals.

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Citation

Conte T; Mitton C; Erdelyi S; Chavoshi N; Siden H, “"Pediatric Palliative Care Program Versus Usual Care And Healthcare Resource
Utilization In British Columbia: A Matched-pairs Cohort Study.",” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 30, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/10625.

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