How can we best integrate primary and specialty palliative care into the care of patients with serious heart, lung, and blood diseases?
Does palliative care and/or hospice care as practiced across communities improve end-of-life care for COPD – specifically, does it reduce the burden of symptoms, improve HRQoL and satisfaction, reduce utilization in last 6 months of life (i.e. hospital visits, cost, invasive ventilation use, etc), improve the end-of-life experience, and increase the concordance of place of death to expressed patient preferences?
How can we ensure that patients with serious heart, lung, or blood diseases fully understand their prognosis, treatment options, and the risks and benefits of those options and help them make decisions that fully incorporate their own personal values, goals, and treatment preferneces?
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) affects over 12-24 million individuals in the U.S. where it is responsible for ~ 800,000 hospitalizations per year, and recently became America’s 3rd leading cause of death. The lag between clinical practice and treatment options described by efficacy studies to improve the quality of life, functional status, and survival in patients with COPD make it ideal for efforts in patient-centered ...more »
This palliative care process permits a natural death. The process is largely unstandardized and reflects local practice customs. In fact, the process may vary across ICUs and even within an ICU based on whose attending the patient. This process continues to be an under-investigated area of ICU care for terminally ill patients undergoing terminal ventilator withdrawal.