Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation Using Diagnostic Trigger Criteria: Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation through Quality Improvement

Title

Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation Using Diagnostic Trigger Criteria: Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation through Quality Improvement

Creator

Lin M; Rholl E; Andescavage N; Ackerman O; Fisher D; Lanzel AF; Mahmood LA

Publisher

Journal of Pain and Symptom Management

Date

2023

Subject

child; diagnosis; article; controlled study; female; human; palliative therapy; consultation; outcome assessment; congenital malformation; patient referral; eligibility; pregnancy; total quality management

Description

Three percent of pregnancies are complicated by congenital anomalies. Prenatal integration of pediatric palliative care (PPC) may be hindered by non-standardized PPC referral processes. This quality improvement (QI) project aimed to improve prenatal PPC consultation using a diagnostic trigger list. Measures: Main outcome measure was the percentage of prenatal PPC consults completed based on diagnostic trigger list eligibility. Balancing measures included stakeholder perspectives on PPC consults and products. Intervention: Interventions included creation and implementation of a diagnostic trigger list for prenatal PPC consultation, educational initiatives with stakeholders, and iterative modifications of our prenatal consultation process. Outcomes: Interventions increased consultation rates ≥80% during the first six months of QI implementation (baseline vs. post-interventions) although this increase was not consistently sustained over a 12-month period. Conclusions/lessons learned: Diagnostic trigger lists improve initial rates of prenatal PPC consultation and additional interventions are likely needed to sustain this increase.

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February List 2024

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Citation

Lin M; Rholl E; Andescavage N; Ackerman O; Fisher D; Lanzel AF; Mahmood LA, “Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation Using Diagnostic Trigger Criteria: Improving Prenatal Palliative Care Consultation through Quality Improvement,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed July 18, 2024, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/19490.