Improving Palliative Care Consult Volume Through an Educational Initiative with Hospitalists [poster]




Cox, Jennifer

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In 2019, the Centers for Advanced Palliative Care (CAPC) reported that 12 million people in the United States (U.S.) were currently living with a chronic or life-limiting illness. This number is expected to increase to 63 million by 2035 (Morrison & Meier, 2019). Palliative care is a subspecialty of medicine that focuses on physical, emotional, and spiritual care for patients dealing with a chronic or life-limiting illness to relieve suffering while continuing to treat the underlying disease. Despite the expected increase in the need for palliative care, many health care providers lack awareness of the indications for it and thus, many acute care patients with chronic or life-limiting illnesses have limited access to this type of care (Kerr et al., 2020). This project aimed to increase palliative care-focused education for physicians to increase their referral of hospitalized patients in need to the palliative care team.



palliative care, education, online curriculum, hospitalists, consult volume, Nursing


Cox, J. (2021). Improving palliative care consult volume through an educational initiative with hospitalists. Poster presented to the St. David's School of Nursing, Texas State University.


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