Adherence to Measuring What Matters: Description of an Inpatient Palliative Care Service of an Urban Teaching Hospital.

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Adherence to Measuring What Matters: Description of an Inpatient Palliative Care Service of an Urban Teaching Hospital.

J Palliat Med. 2019 01;22(1):75-79

Authors: Cruz-Oliver DM, Abshire M, Cepeda O, Burhanna P, Johnson J, Velazquez DV, Chen J, Diab K, Christopher K, Rodin M

Abstract
BACKGROUND: Benefits of palliative care have been extensively described; however, reports on adherence to national quality indicators are limited.
OBJECTIVES: This study focuses on describing the characteristics of patients who were seen at an urban academic hospital and their care team's adherence to 5 out of 10 Measuring What Matters (MWM) quality indicators.
DESIGN: Retrospective chart review Setting/Subjects: Patients seen by inpatient palliative care service from January 2014 to December 2015 in an urban academic hospital.
MEASUREMENTS: Patient age, gender, ethnicity, disease category, discharge end point, life-sustaining preferences, surrogate decision-maker documentation, and initial palliative assessment were analyzed using descriptive, parametric, and nonparametric statistics.
RESULTS: During two years, 1272 patients were seen by the inpatient palliative care service. Fifty-one percent of patients were male, with an average age of 68 years. The majority were Caucasian (57%) and African American (41%). Life-limiting illnesses included were cancer, complex chronic illnesses, and gastrointestinal illness. Adherence to comprehensive palliative care assessment was measured at 64%; initial visit assessment for physical symptoms was 38%; code status preference was 99%; care consistent with preference in vulnerable elders was 99%; and surrogate documentation was noted at 33%. Compared to hospital patients discharged without hospice, patients discharged with hospice care had consults with higher adherence to comprehensive assessment and surrogate documentation quality standards (p < 0.05).
CONCLUSIONS: Adherence to MWM measures was variable. Subjects discharged with hospice services were more likely to receive comprehensive assessment within 5 days of admission and surrogate documentation compared to those subjects without hospice care.

PMID: 30129814 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

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