2015 Poster Sessions

Are Families Satisfied After Receiving “Bad News”?

This study was designed to describe the impact of PC family meetings on family satisfaction in our inner-city community teaching hospital. Methods: Families of patients participating in initial family meetings ...

Association of Cancer Related Fatigue with Other Symptoms and Quality of Life

Fatigue with other symptoms affects quality of life (QOL) in advanced cancer patients. This study looks into the factors associated with fatigue, its impact on QOL at baseline and predictors ...

Benefits of Palliative Care Consultation in a Medical ICU

Background: It has already been documented that inpatient palliative care consultation(PCC) can reduce length of stay(LOS) and costs among seriously-ill individuals admitted to medical intensive care units(MICU). More information on ...

Collaborative Team Activity Improves Outcomes

Palliative Care project teams tested and implemented various screening and intervention tools to improve care coordination, communication and care transitions. The tools implemented included ESAS, PPS, and LACE. We also ...

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% ...

Improving Do-Not-Resuscitate Discussions: A Framework for Physicians

Having DNR (Do-Not-Resuscitate) discussions with patients and their surrogates is a challenging task for most clinicians. To make such discussions more constructive, we provide a framework that stratifies patients into ...

Improving Outcomes through Palliative Care – ICU Collaboration

Recognizing the growing and unmet needs for palliative care in our 900 bed hospital, our leadership supported expansion and enhancement of the Palliative Care Team. To bridge this gap, a ...

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, ...

Satisfaction Surveys: Timing of Inpatient Palliative Care Consults

Clinical practice guidelines suggest that patients and families participate in the evaluation of palliative care services. Additionally, feedback from referring physicians can be particularly helpful for engaging key stakeholders within ...

Transforming the Experience of People with Advanced Illness at a Health System

Using a collaborative structure, seventeen teams from inpatient, outpatient, and service line settings developed reliable processes to identify patients with advanced illness, conducted conversations with patients and their families to ...

Using Case Conflict to Improve Consulting Relationships

A clinical case in the Intensive Care Unit generated conflict about how to manage acute urinary retention in a dying patient whose goals of care were ambiguous. Initial communication around ...

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