Study examines the effects of a large-scale palliative care program deployed by primary care practices.

In a study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management, Karthik Rao, MD, et al. aimed to determine if a multi-site, primary care-led, integrated palliative care model, would improve clinical, utilization, and economic outcomes. With the goal of a scalable solution to meet the needs of the aging population, due to a projected shortage of palliative care physicians, the authors shared their results. "These findings demonstrate that PCPs in a scaled, full-risk model can simultaneously improve care for patients while reducing costs to the healthcare system."

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