Palliative Care Wednesday, August 31, 2011
Palliative care relieves suffering and improves quality of life for patients with serious conditions and their family caregivers. It involves symptom and pain management, shared decisionmaking, practical and psychosocial support, and coordination across care settings. Palliative care services are typically provided by multidisciplinary teams that consult with patients and family members to address their complex needs.
The featured Innovations describe three programs that deliver palliative care in different settings.
The featured QualityTools provide health care professionals with resources and tools to support the development and quality improvement of palliative care programs.
- Hospital-Based Palliative Care Program Adds Comprehensive Outpatient Services, Leading to Better Access and High Patient and Provider Satisfaction
- Skilled Nursing Facility Uses Standardized Assessments, Palliative Care Consults, and Root-Cause Analysis to Reduce Readmissions and Improve Staff Morale
- Palliative Care Program Honors Parent Wishes and Provides Support, Generating Positive Feedback From Families Facing Loss of Baby
Also in This Issue:
- Patient- and Family-Centered Care Initiative Is Associated With High Patient Satisfaction and Positive Outcomes for Total Joint Replacement Patients
- Comprehensive Initiative to Create a Culture of Safety Significantly Reduces Harm Caused by Medical Errors, Mortality, Length of Stay, and Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia and Infections
- Emergency Department-Based Phlebotomists Expedite Blood Sample Collection and Turnaround Time, Reduce Specimen Contamination and Cost, and Increase Patient Satisfaction
- Hospital-Based Program Protects Newborns by Providing Pertussis Vaccinations to Medically Underserved Hispanic Mothers and Caregivers
- Pediatrician Training and In-Office Support Significantly Reduce Instances of Child Maltreatment
- Community-Based Effort to Promote Better Diet and Regular Exercise in Students Improves Fitness, Modestly Reduces Obesity