2015 Poster Sessions

Community Engagement Efforts in Advance Care Planning

Advance Care Planning is a process of Understanding, Reflecting on and Discussing future medical decisions, including end-of-life wishes. With advancements in nearly every field of medicine in the past century ...

Community Palliative Care Reduces Hospital Readmission

The Allina Health Community Palliative Care Team has provided service in the Twin Cities, Minnesota community for eight years. The team is composed primarily of eight specially trained home health ...

Complex Lives, Comprehensive Services

Background: Pediatric palliative services nationwide enroll children with life-limiting, but not acutely life-threatening chronic illness. Children receiving inpatient palliative services, the most prevalent service delivery model, have a one year ...

Creating an Acuity and Productivity Measurement Tool for an Inpatient Palliative Care Service

The Palliative Care CNS and Physician Faculty identified the need to create a tool to measure the acuity of Palliative patients at an academic medical center. This tool assesses factors ...

Cultivating a Culture of Primary Palliative Care

Whether in the arena of acute care, the clinic setting, or in the home, comprehensive palliative care requires collaboration among both specialist and generalist clinicians. Developing the infrastructure to support ...

Developing a Protocol for Home Diuresis of Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

Patients with advanced heart failure represent a population that is significant in number, health system utilization, and symptom burden. The condition is responsible for a high burden of hospitalization for ...

Development of a Family Meeting Assessment Tool

Learning how to lead family meetings is an imortant skill for physicians, nurses, and others who care for patients with serious illnesses and their families. There is limited evidence exploring ...

Development of Palliative Care Guidelines in Singapore

Development of Palliative Care Guidelines in Singapore PSH Neo, TJ Lo, JKL John, CM Yee, A Lee. Background: Despite its renowned healthcare system, Singapore ranked 18th in the world on ...

Disseminating End of Life Nursing Education throughout a Hospital System

Two nurse educators working to disseminate end of life education for nurses in a four hospital acute-care health system. Goals are to enlist nurses’ support to increase palliative care utilization, ...

Educating the Interdisciplinary Team about Palliative Care: An Evidence-Based Project

An educational project was implemented at St. Joseph’s Hospital North (SJN), a small community-based hospital with 139 beds in Tampa, Florida in December 2013. The Stetler Model of Evidence-Based Practice ...

Education to Increase Palliative Knowledge and Capacity

Close to two million people live in U.S. nursing homes. With an aging population, evidence-based strategies are needed to increase palliative care capacity in long term care. The focus of ...

Effectiveness of a Mobile Mentoring PC Team

Significant hurdles face the development and sustainability of community based palliative care programs. Workforce shortages of qualified clinicians with expertise in palliative care head the list of major obstacles. In ...

Effects of a Self-Care Program in a Palliative Care Setting

North Shore University Hospital's Palliative Care Suite (PCS) specializes in managing and treating symptoms and the emotional needs of patients and families. Approximately 80% of the admitted patients expire on ...

Effects of Community Based Palliative Care on Health Care Utilization in Patients with Advanced Heart Failure

In 2000, patients with advanced heart failure accounted for the second highest number of hospital days in Canada. We propose that providing home-based palliative care (PC) for these patients can ...

End-of-Life Care for Dementia Patients in the Program of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE): A Quality of Care Assessment

Background: The majority of Americans want to die at home, but this particularly challenging for patients with dementia. The mission of PACE is to allow patients to remain at home ...

Enhancing Care at End of Life through Transition to Hospice

Patients who were at the end of life and required planned withdrawal of treatment often had withdrawal take place in the ICU and not in the optimal environment for grieving ...

ESAS to Improve Symptomatology Mgmt/Communication

As the cost of healthcare continues to rise and the American public clamors for improved safety and quality of healthcare, Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services has linked patient’s evaluation ...

Evaluating the State of Palliative Care in Colorado

In 2013, the Center for Improving Value in Health Care commissioned a study to look at the extent and depth of palliative care provision across Colorado. The goal of the ...

Examining Use of Advance Directives in Oncology Patients

In our cancer center, a retrospective chart review was conducted of stage III & IV lung cancer patients, examining the use of advance directives. The results revealed that only 57% ...

Extending Your Reach – Using Video Visits at Home

The internet and immediate video connections are common place in today’s society, but not so in home care and hospice services. Video visits are a valuable resource for communication, education ...

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