2015 Poster Sessions

A Brief End-of-Life Communication Curriculum for Internal Medicine Interns

Internal Medicine Interns are the physicians spending the most time with hospitalized patients, frequently assisting with end-of-life (EOL) decision-making. However, most report feeling ill-equipped for these situations. We sought to ...

An Assessment of Palliative Care Beliefs & Knowledge

This study evaluated the level of perceived competency and knowledge regarding palliative care among healthcare personnel at a 7-hospital not-for-profit healthcare system; and determined if there was a significant difference ...

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 ...

Development of a Family Meeting Assessment Tool

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

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 ...

Identifying and Addressing Nursing Barriers in EOL care

By identifying common barriers to care at our community hospital then training Palliative Care Resource Nurses (PCRNs) at End of Life (EOL) management, an educational program for medical and oncology ...

Impact of race on pain management outcomes

Objective: Restrospective study to examine racial differences in pain outcomes following inpatient palliative care consultation. Participants were of African American, Asian/Others, Caucasian, and Latino origins. Main Outcome: Pain score at ...

Innovation Meets Future Demands: A Novel Approach to Fellowship Training in Hospice and Palliative Medicine

North Shore University Hospital has a growing Hospice and Palliative Medicine (HPM) Fellowship training program, established in 2007 and accredited in 2009. As the number of people with serious medical ...

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 ...

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 ...

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 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: ...

Primary Palliative Care in Action – Meet Our “Champions”

Our 570 bedded hospital, with 100 ICU beds, has a Palliative Care (PC) team of 4 providers, seeing consults throughout the hospital. With 52% of consults in the ICU, it ...

Protecting Our Vulnerable Population: Screening for Mistreatment in Palliative Care

Palliative Care (PC) patients are a vulnerable population. While the incidence of mistreatment in other vulnerable populations has been defined, approaching 10% of elderly, the incidence in PC has not. ...

The Family Meeting: A “Procedure” for Medicine Residents

To improve palliative care (PC) in our ICUs, our healthcare system has implemented a version of the IPAL-ICU, Care and Communication Bundle, which requires an interdisciplinary family meeting by day ...

The Tipping Point Demands a Return to Primary Palliative Care: System and Continuum Wide Education Using the End-of-Life Nursing Education Consortium Curriculum

As Palliative Care programs mature, the need to empower frontline providers to address primary Palliative Care needs increases. For institutions in rural states with a broad geographic referral base, an ...

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