2015 Poster Sessions

Integration into a County/Safety-Net Teaching Hospital

The palliative care inpatient consultation program is a Delivery System Reform Incentive Payment (DSRIP) Project under the Texas 1115 Healthcare Transformation Waiver. Prior to this initiative the hospital had no ...

Intensive Care Unit/ Palliative Care Educational Videos

We created five online videos for intensive care unit staff at our hospital. The videos address palliative care related topics that were identified by an initial needs assessment survey of ...

Is Compassionate Pain Management Measurable?

In a 500 bed Community Hospital, a team of Nurse Educators and the Pain Management Resource Nurse developed a competency surrounding RN pain management communication skills. Because pain is a ...

Late Life Care Approach Decreased Utilization and TCOC

Aim: Evaluate the effects of LifeCourse, a late life care approach, on healthcare utilization and total cost of care in a large healthcare delivery system. Data: 373 intervention and 201 ...

Let's Talk: A Fun Way to Teach Physician Communication

Training attending and resident physicians in the art of family conferences and patient/family communication is a vital component of Palliative Care outreach. Our team partnered with local professional actors to ...

Living with Dying in the PICU: A Nursing Perspective

The purpose of this study was to explore the experiences of pediatric ICU nurses who provide palliative care to children with life-threatening or life-limiting illnesses and their families and to ...

Making the Case: Data Collection Made Easy

Background: Palliative Care consultation improves quality and decreases hospital costs. Demonstrating the contribution of palliative care to stakeholders and administrators is challenging. Methods: Based on published metrics, we developed a ...

Mandatory vs Optional Fields for PC Quality Metrics in EMRs

To improve documentation of quality metrics a multidisciplinary team of clinicians designed new documentation templates in our electronic medical record (EMR) to capture key palliative care (PC) quality metrics. We ...

New and Revised Requirements for The Joint Commission Advanced Palliative Care Certification Program

During 2014, The Joint Commission reviewed its Advanced Certification in Palliative Care program, and researched changes in the field of palliative care that may necessitate modifications to the program. Using ...

No Time to Spare: Early Palliative Care in the Safety Net

Studies suggest that under-insured patients are more likely to present with later-stage cancers than Medicare-insured patients, and they may be more likely to be hospitalized urgently for cancer care. However, ...

Nurses Have the Magic Touch: Determining the Effect of Embedding a Palliative Care Nurse within the MICU

Background: Critically-ill medical intensive care unit (MICU) patients are at high risk for significant morbidity and mortality. As such, goals-of-care and end-of-life decisions are warranted. Prior studies evaluated palliative care ...

Organizations' Cultural Readiness for Palliative Care

NIH and JACHO are recommending the development Palliative Care as a supplementary service for patients. Also, oncologists are searching for practical solutions to holistically care for their oncology patients. Usually, ...

Outcomes data for a Healthcare System: Helping make the case for Palliative Care

The process and methodology of delivering outcomes data at a 12 hospital Healthcare System will be presented. Data from 7 hospitals on the same EMR will be shared. Common pitfalls, ...

PACCT- Building Bridges -One Way to Grow a Program

Pediatric palliative care (PPC) provision in the hospital and community has grown rapidly in the last decade. However in the rapidly evolving health care arena, services can change quickly. This ...

Palliating Interns: The Impact of a Palliative Care Rotation on Internal Medicine Interns

Background: Many studies look at efficacy for including palliative care(PC) for medical students, yet incorporation of PC-rotations for residents has not been required nor well-studied. Core topics for PC include ...

Palliative Care Consultations for Orthotopic Heart Transplant Recipients

Cardiac transplantation is associated with significant morbidity, mortality, and supportive care needs. Nevertheless, partnerships between heart transplant and palliative care (PC) teams are extremely rare; data remains limited on how ...

Palliative Care for Inpatient COPD Patients

The current practice problems existing in acute care settings regarding to the care of COPD patients include: 1) inadequate symptom management; 2) incongruent care between inpatient and outpatient care settings; ...

Palliative Care Integration for Patients Receiving Left Ventricular Assist Device as Destination Therapy

Left Ventricular Assist Device as Destination Therapy (LVAD-DT) can be life-prolonging therapy available to select patients with advanced heart failure; it is also associated with significant morbidity, mortality and supportive ...

Palliative Care Integration into Medical Education

Objective: To explore differences of self-perceived competencies, ethical concerns, knowledge, and attitudes regarding palliative care between medical students who took a palliative care rotation and those who did not. Methods: ...

Palliative Care Reduces Hospital Costs at End of Life

Study information: Net hospital costs in 2011 were tabulated for patients who died in the hospital, with length of stay of 4 days or greater, and who received palliative care ...

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