Initiating Palliative Care in the Emergency Department

From Oncology Nurse Advisor:

In summary, the researchers found that enrolling patients with advanced cancer into early palliative care intervention upon entry into the ED made a significant difference in the patient’s QOL. The researchers emphasized that this was a diverse group in terms of the type of cancer the patients had, as well as their race, ethnicity, and socioeconomic status. Despite these differences, the QOL among the patients in the palliative care group was markedly improved. They conclude that their findings about the benefits of early palliative intervention are not only critical to patients, but are also important to those in the health care community who can initiate palliative care earlier in the course of a patient’s disease.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )


Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: