Can _palliative care reports_ improve end-of-life care for hospitalized patients?

Title

Can _palliative care reports_ improve end-of-life care for hospitalized patients?

Creator

Jacobs LG; Bonuck K; Burton W

Publisher

Journal Of Pain And Symptom Management

Date

2002

Subject

Evaluation feedback; physician reports; Quality improvement

Description

Improvement in the care of dying hospitalized patients was sought by providing evaluative feedback to individual physicians (n = 46) and nurses in three biannual _Palliative Care Reports._ Hospitalized adult patients (n = 194) for whom _death was probable_ were prospectively identified from the critical care or geriatric services, and a _palliative care_ social work evaluation provided. Educational sessions on palliative care were held for physicians and nurses. Medical record review and family interviews were used to generate 10 scores per patient, which evaluated satisfaction with care, relief of symptoms (pain, dyspnea, gastrointestinal, psychological), and the timeliness of care planning. Subjective comments from a quality improvement committee and focussed educational material was also included. Despite these efforts, no change in the cohort's median report scores occurred over the 18 months, but several institutional policies were examined and altered, and interest and support for a palliative care consultation service was obtained.
2002

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

299-311

Issue

3

Volume

24

Citation

Jacobs LG; Bonuck K; Burton W, “Can _palliative care reports_ improve end-of-life care for hospitalized patients?,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed September 27, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13008.

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