Earlier hospice care would improve quality of end of life
Older, terminally ill patients could improve the quality of their last days by accessing hospice services much sooner, according to a Yale School of Medicine-led study. The study found that, while Medicare covers hospice when a patient is given a prognosis of six months or less to live, most patients don’t turn to the services until the very end of life. The prognosis is made according to Medicare criteria for each condition. “I think the main message is that there are opportunities to improve care at the end of life in terms of addressing bothersome symptoms … through earlier referral to hospice,” said Dr. Thomas Gill, professor of geriatric medicine and director of the Yale Program on Aging, who is the study’s first author.Source: New Haven Register
Multiple Care Transitions Identified in End-of-Life Care for Hospice Patients
Although hospice is embraced for the quality care for people nearing the end of life, a new study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds that many patients experience multiple transitions (being moved from one facility to another), disrupting their routines and placing them at heightened risk for medical errors.
Patient preferences critical to providing quality end-of-life care: YNHH chosen as CT site for palliative care pilot program
Yale-New Haven Hospital has been designated as the Connecticut pilot site for a Medical Orders for Life Sustaining Treatment (MOLST) program by the MOLST statewide advisory committee.
Delayed Hospice Care Can Increase Depression Among Survivors After Death of a Loved One
Delayed enrollment in hospice can result in increased depression among family members after the death of their loved one, according to a study by Yale researchers published in the American Journal of Psychiatry.
Yale Researcher Who Studies Quality of Care for Older People Wins John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators
Elizabeth Bradley, associate professor in the Department of Epidemiology and Public Health at Yale School of Medicine, has become the first Yale researcher to win the John D. Thompson Prize for Young Investigators.
End-of-Life Care Influenced by Physicians' Knowledge and Attitudes
Less than half of physicians report that they are well-trained to care for patients with terminal illnesses and about three-quarters of physicians feel knowledgeable enough to discuss hospice with patients and families, according to a study published by Yale researchers in the journal Academic Medicine.
Many Terminally ill Patients Not Referred for Hospice Services, Despite Meeting Eligibility Requirements
About 45 percent of terminally ill patients are not receiving hospice services, even though many are eligible for the care, Yale researchers report in the December 22 issue of Journal of Palliative Care.
NCCN Advances Cancer Research and Oncology Career Development with Young Investigator Awards, Poster Presentations, and Fellows Program
The National Comprehensive Cancer Network supports cancer research and treatment through various programs during and after the NCCN 2019 Annual Conference.Source: NCCN Patient Web Site
CAPC (Center to Advance Palliative Care)
Online Training Curriculum, Improving Palliative Care (IPAL), Q+A sessions Target Audience: Practicing providers Specific Goals: Allows providers to incorporate palliative care into other settings, troubleshooting and Q+A sessions in real timesSource: Online Training Curriculum
Preparation helped Yale-New Haven Hospital ‘flex up’ to treat 22 in Madison bus crash
Four people remained in critical condition Tuesday and dozens of others were recovering as investigators continued to probe why the casino-bound coach bus they were riding in crashed and rolled over Monday on a snowy stretch of Interstate 95 in Madison.Source: New Haven Register
Palliative Care Champion Awarded Inaugural Stanislav Kasl Award
Despite significant health expenditures, many people are experiencing longer periods of poor health and disability at the end of their lives. The gap, in fact, between life expectancy and healthy active living is estimated to be about 10 years.
Bathing Mrs. Wolfson
Susan Wolfson had not had a bath in almost a month. A broken right arm—combined with large tumor masses in her abdomen that were obstructing her intestine, and one in particular that was pressing on the nerves to her right leg, causing her intense pain—meant that a bath was an almost insurmountable task. And for Susan Wolfson, that’s saying something.Source: The New Journal
Hospice Saves Money, Improves Care for Cancer Patients
Researchers at The Yale School of Public Health and Mount Sinai School of Medicine have found that the costs of care for patients with cancer who disenrolled from hospice were nearly five times higher than costs for patients who remained with hospice.