Increase Penetration of Appropriate Palliative Care Consultation in a Health System
This project addresses the health care system's strategic initiative to ensure interdisciplinary palliative care teams deliver sustainable, high-quality services within their health ministries. The palliative care teams' goal was to increase palliative care consults by 10 percent. To do so, they employed strategies and tools used in their health system, specifically, care and communication bundles known as IPAL-ICU and IPAL-ED, as well as a screening tool to identify patients who would benefit from palliative care services. Consultations from 2014 to 2015 increased from 1093 to 1440, a more than 20 percent increase.