Initiative Raises Palliative Care Use in Cancer

October 30, 2013 10:25 PM

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Consultations for palliative care doubled and readmissions declined by half following a pilot study of an initiative to standardize criteria for palliative and hospice care among cancer patients.

Palliative care consultations increased from 41% in a historical group of patients to 82% after the 3-month intervention. The 30-day readmission rate decreased from 36% to 17% after the intervention.

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