2017 Poster Sessions

Impact of home-based palliative care on patients with HF

Objectives: •Describe an interdisciplinary home-based palliative care (HBPC) pilot program for patients with advanced heart failure (HF).•Evaluate the pilot’s impact on participants’ subsequent hospital utilization, establishment of advance directives, and ...

Improved Communication between Home Based PC and Hospital

Background: Patients ready to leave the hospital have a discharge plan typically consisting of a referral, follow up appointment with their Primary Care Physician, and transitional care team calls, as ...

Improving Bedside Palliative Care Through Simulation

Previous research has demonstrated that nurses face numerous challenges in providing high quality palliative and end-of-life care. Specifically, nearly half of all nurses report that they do not feel competent ...

Improving Quality in Advance Care Planning

Background: Evidence shows that early symptom identification by patient reported outcomes (PROs) have significant impact on quality of life, overall survival, operational efficiency, and symptom management for oncology patients. Levine ...

Improving the accurate completion of DNR documentation.

Purpose: Honoring patient preferences is of paramount importance in providing quality end-of-life care and facilitates respect for patient autonomy, nonmaleficence and beneficence. New York State law mandates that DNR status ...

Increasing Awareness of Palliative Care for Minorities

Palliative Care for All: Increasing Awareness of Palliative Care for Racial & Ethnic MinoritiesDespite an increase in the availability of palliative care in U.S. hospitals over the last 10 years, ...

Integrating Palliative Care into Primary Care at a FQHC

Integrating Palliative Care into Primary Care at a Federally Qualified Health CenterObjectives:•Describe the triggers and screening tool used to identify high-risk primary care patients for a referral to palliative care•Appreciate ...

KSA of Cannabis in Hospice: An Educational Intervention

Currently, 28 states and the District of Columbia have legalized or decriminalized cannabis (marijuana) for medical use. While medical cannabis (MC) remains illegal from a federal perspective, providers who practice ...

Little Lights: Hospital bereavement photography program

Purpose: The Little Lights program is a novel, collaborative, nursing-led bereavement photography service created as a solution to the challenge of providing consistent high-quality bereavement photography for families and their ...

Living on a Prayer: Miracle Language and Goals of Care

This poster looks at the ways spiritual care providers and palliative care providers identify and address miracle language. Time and time again we hear this rhetoric in prognostic conversations. Patients ...

Managing Team Conflict in a Well-Functioning Team

BACKGROUND:In palliative care, clinicians customarily work in inter-disciplinary teams (IDT). Effective team work can best meet the complex needs of seriously ill patients and their family caregivers, access complementary skills ...

Medicare ACO Use of Palliative Care Consults and Hospice

The healthcare sector's pivot toward value-based reimbursement may elevate the profiles of hospice and palliative care, both of which have demonstrated clinical and financial value but nonetheless are still characterized ...

Mercy Doula Training for Medical Students

Background: The word doula comes from the Greek for “a woman who serves”. While doulas for birth have been in practice for years, there is an emerging member of palliative ...

Moving Hospice/Palliative Education Online

With a new 9 bed hospice residence at Mercy Regional Medical Center in Durango, Colorado scheduled to open October 30th, 2017, education for staff became a high priority. With our ...

Non-prescription medication use in hospice patients

Background:Previous research has shown that the average age at hospice admission is 77.5 years.1 This is important given the fact that older adults account for 34% of prescription drug use ...

Nurses Knowledge and Perception of Palliative Care: In ICU

The significant increase in global population, coupled with improved life expectancy means that the number of people in need of palliative will continue to grow steadily. However, most nurses are ...

Nurses' Knowledge, Beliefs, Practices & Barriers to PPC

Thousands of children in the United States die each year and many more live with illnesses which reduce their quality of life and contribute to suffering. Pediatric palliative care is ...

Optimizing Specialty Palliative Care

Providing optimal specialty palliative care (SPC) requires a transdisciplinary team approach to comprehensively assess and address distress for patients living with serious illness, ideally early in the course of illness. ...

Outreach to Palliative Care Registry Population

In 2016 Kaiser Permanente, Northern California (NCAL) developed a Specialty Palliative Care Registry which identifies patients who would likely benefit from Specialty Palliative Care. The registry was developed following a ...

Palliative Care at UT Southwestern: Impact and Savings

Background: Without an understanding of the cost savings that result from palliative care, it is difficult to incentivize hospitals to invest in a dedicated palliative care team. The purpose of ...

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