MedPage Today - "Initiative Raises Palliative Care Use in Cancer"

"Formalizing criteria for palliative care consultation was easy to implement, highly effective, and led to improvement in multiple quality measures." - Kerin Adelson, MD, at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium in San Diego

New York, NY
 – October 30, 2013  –– 

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. "Though implemented at a single institution, the criteria are applicable to any hospital," said Kerin Adelson, MD, Assistant Professor of Medicine, Hematology, and Medical Oncology at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai. "Formalizing criteria for palliative care consultation was easy to implement, highly effective, and led to improvement in multiple quality measures," said Dr. Adelson at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Quality Care Symposium in San Diego. Learn more