In the busy day of a hospitalist, complex patients can lead to a backlog in daily rounds, delayed discharges, and inadequate time to communicate with patients and families. Expertise in symptom management and conversations about care priorities allow hospitalists to efficiently address common gaps in care for people living with serious illness, and to identify patients that would benefit from a palliative care referral.
Visit the Society for Hospital Medicine's Resource Room for Palliative Care to access additional resources for hospitalists.
Journal of Hospital Medicine, December 2017.
Checklist of triggers for referral to a specialty palliative care team.
Communicating serious clinical news to patients and families.
How to initiate and conduct conversations about advance care planning.
Conducting a comprehensive pain assessment to guide safe and effective treatment.
Safe opioid prescribing for patients with serious illness, using the Federation of State Medical Boards (FSMB) Guidelines for the Chronic Use of Opioid Analgesics.
Opioid pocket reference for providers including safe starting doses, equianalgesic chart, and standard dosing strengths. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.
Quick reference to help clinicians with inpatient billing and coding. Center to Advance Palliative Care, 2019.
This course provides context and best practices for identifying older adults at risk for poor outcomes, including falls, delirium, and caregiving challenges.
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