Improving pediatric palliative care in a community-based setting through an ongoing education series

Title

Improving pediatric palliative care in a community-based setting through an ongoing education series

Creator

Moonat H; Nguyen L

Identifier

Publisher

Pediatric Blood and Cancer

Date

2019

Subject

administrative personnel; checklist; child; clergy; comfort; community hospital; conference abstract; conversation; do not resuscitate order; dying; education; female; hospice care; human; Likert scale; major clinical study; male; needs assessment; nurse; palliative therapy; pharmacist; simulation; social worker; Texas

Description

Background: Community hospitals represent a unique setting to provide pediatric palliative care (PPC), given their usual proximity to a patient's home. Texas Children's Hospital, TheWoodlands (TCH-TW) is a community-based campus that opened in April 2017. Hospital staff have varying experience in PPC and are unfamiliar with available resources. Absence of focused training on PPC and relative paucity of exposure to PPC necessitates an urgent need for improvement. Objective(s): 1. To understand baseline comfort of TCH-TW staff members in delivering PPC in a community-based setting and identify areas of improvement and knowledge gaps. 2. To pilot a campus wide ongoing education series that improves overall comfort and knowledge of TCH-TW staff members in delivering PPC in a community-based setting. Design/Method: An electronic survey (using a 5 point Likert scale) was sent to 350 staff members including physicians, mild-level providers, nurses, social workers, child life specialists, chaplains, pharmacists, and administrators to conduct a needs assessment. Results were analyzed to design a quarterly education series, utilizing didactic presentations, simulations, and small group discussions. Feedback tools included pre- and post-assessment questions, audience response system, and competency checklists. Result(s): One-hundred forty three participants (40%) completed the survey. Staff members reported an average score ~3.16 when asked if they felt the campus was 'palliative care friendly.' They reported a comfort level ~2.90 with regards to having end-of-life discussions with patients and their families, and a rating ~2.33 when it came to placing 'do-not-resuscitate' orders. An average comfort level ~3.28 was reported when caring for an actively dying patient and acute symptom management. Additional areas of improvement included understanding essential differences between palliative, concurrent, and hospice care (average score~3.39), as well as logistics and information accessibility to identify PPC resources within the campus (average score ~2.85 and ~2.93, respectively). The inaugural lecture- 'Hospice 101: Providing Palliative Care in the Community Hospital Setting: An Interprofessional Approach-' was launched in October 2018, with 37 participants reporting an overall activity quality score ~4.53. Additional lectures planned over the academic year include: having difficult conversations; logistics of when a patient dies at TCH-TW; and management of an actively dying patient. Conclusion(s): Community hospitals have a unique opportunity to provide PPC services due their closer proximity to a patient's own home. Through an ongoing campus wide educational series initiative, we aim to provide a high-quality palliative care experience that better serves our patient population.

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Citation

Moonat H; Nguyen L, “Improving pediatric palliative care in a community-based setting through an ongoing education series,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 23, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/16956.

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