2016 Poster Sessions

Collaborative Care: Decreasing Unwanted Readmissions

Background: According to the Dartmouth Atlas, the Long Island region sees higher rates of hospital utilization in the last 6 months of life and higher rates of in-hospital death in ...

Creating a Palliative Care Service in a Community Hospital

Creating a Palliative Care Service in a small, community hospital is a challenge. Patient volumes may be low making the allocation of expert staff and other resources a secondary priority. ...

Developing Supportive Oncology Program in a Cancer Center

Background: Cancer patients experience significant symptom and psychosocial burden (1). Integration of supportive oncology programs within cancer centers has developed since the findings of Temel and Jackson. Addressing a growing ...

Does Changing the Name, Influence Patients’ Code Status choice? Changing DNR (Do Not Resuscitate) to AND (Allow Natural Death)

Context: Per the Patient Self Determination Act of 1990, upon admission to the hospital, patients are provided written notice of their decision-making rights, and policies regarding advance health care directives. ...

Early Palliative Care in Advanced Heart Failure

Heart Failure is a chronic, life-limiting illness that affects more than 600,000 Canadians and is the number one reason for hospitalization in Canada (Heart & Stroke Foundation, 2016). With medical ...

Effect of a Residential Dog on Quality of Life and Loneliness in Veterans living at the North Florida/South Georgia VAMC, Community Living Center Lake City Division

As our Veteran population ages many will come to live on our Hospice neighborhood. Several studies demonstrate that animals enhance and enrich quality of life. Little research has been done ...

Embedded Palliative Care in an Academic Medical Center

Cancer patients and their caregivers are often burdened by multiple medical appointments each month. Although they may be receptive to the type of added support provided by outpatient palliative care ...

Enhancing Rural Hospice Care with Mobile Tablets

In rural communities, hospice providers often travel great distances to reach patients across expansive service areas, resulting in unique challenges to maintain quality as funding decreases. That travel raises concerns ...

Evaluating Impact of a Statewide Medicaid Palliative Care Intervention

Community Care of North Carolina (CCNC) is a community-based, public-private partnership that takes a population management approach to improving health care and containing costs for North Carolina’s most vulnerable populations. ...

Expanding Practice: PHARMD and SW Led Palliative Consults

Background: Palliative care (PC) teams often rely on traditional medical providers to lead consultative encounters, potentially delaying access to PC expertise and preventing other disciplines from practicing fully within their ...

Field of Dreams: Rapid expansion of PC in a Health System

“Build it and they will come”… Starting a program in a single hospital within a healthcare system has challenges, but spreading PC (Palliative care) across a diverse healthcare system is ...

Gaps in Adult End of Life Education: a Multimodal Approach

Nursing plays a crucial role in the improvement of end-of-life care. In an academic medical center effort must be made to prepare nursing staff to care for a diverse patient ...

Growing the Tribe: Creation of a Regional Palliative Care Collaborative

Breaking Bread and Building the Tribe: Creation of a Regional, Interdisciplinary Palliative Care Collaborative Objectives Describe key initial steps when exploring the creation of a regional PC collaborative Explain potential ...

Health Care Utilization Outcomes for LifeCourse Patients

Health systems in the U.S. are faced with increased utilization for patients in their last years of life. Care for patients with serious illness is complex and requires a greater ...

Home Based Palliative Care Reduces Hospital Readmissions

Home visits have significant potential to address the complex issue of hospital readmissions within 30 days of prior discharge. Many patients who are readmitted to the hospital have advanced chronic ...

How Standardized Data Collection Informs Palliative Care

Introduction: The Palliative Care Quality Network (PCQN) is a large consortium of palliative care (PC) teams in the United States who are collecting standardized data about the practice of PC. ...

Immersive Palliative Care Education in a Virtual World

Significance: Barriers to effective end-of-life (EOL) care include the lack of health professional education around palliative care and advanced care planning (ACP), the absence of interprofessional education (IPE) in this ...

Impact of an Inpatient Palliative Care Program

BACKGROUND: Our Inpatient Palliative Care Team has been available for consult on patients with serious illness with the goal of: relieving the symptoms/stress of that serious illness, improving the quality ...

Implementation of a Pediatric PC Champions Program

Introduction: Caring for a child with a life-limiting illness can be one of the most difficult parts in the role of a healthcare professional (HCP). Palliative care has been shown ...

Implementing Telehealth in a Home Palliative Care Service

Telehealth is one of the fastest growing areas in the healthcare industry today. Virtual provider visits can extend a provider’s capacity and geographic coverage, minimizing engagement in non-value added activities ...

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