5 Ways To Improve The Palliative-Care Patient Experience
Posted on Tuesday, February 24, 2015 8:44 AM
According to new research published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management
, palliative care providers can significantly reduce their patients’ risk of unnecessary physical and emotional discomfort if they meet 10 quality measures. The research is the result of a two-year project that began with a list of 75 quality indicators which the research team reduced to 10.
Of the 10 recommendations, five include:
- Hospice and palliative care patients should receive comprehensive physical, social, spiritual, functional, and psychological assessments soon after admission.
- Seriously ill patients should be screened for symptoms, including pain, nausea, and shortness of breath as part of their admission visits.
- Patients whose illnesses are advanced or life-threatening and whose screening indicate shortness of breath should develop a plan for managing it.
- Seriously ill patients should document their life preferences regarding life-sustaining care.
- Providers should give hospice/palliative care patients or their families a relevant survey to assess their care experience.
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