TO 001CABRINI SHARED CARE MODEL: EARLY REFERRAL AND ACCESS TO PALLIATIVE CARE FOR PATIENTS WITH COPDO'Driscoll L1Cabrini Health Respiratory Continuing Care Program, Oakleigh, AustraliaIntroductionChronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a significant cause of death in Australia but access to Palliative Care is limited. In addition, previous studies indicate that patients with chronic lung disease are more likely to have their first encounter with palliative care in a critical care setting.AimCabrini Hospital developed a shared model of early referral and access to palliative care for patients with advanced COPD integrated across the Respiratory Continuing care program and Palliative Homecare team, through: Enabling patients to live as actively as possible with focus on quality of life; Reducing time in hospital and optimizing utilization of continuing care services to support preferred place of care; Optimizing function and comfort physically, psychosocially, emotionally and spiritually; Minimizing physical and psychosocial symptoms.Providing adequate knowledge and open communication for patients and carers to help timely and informed decision‐making; Supporting carers throughout the person's illness; and Supporting patients and carers when death is inevitable and through the bereavement period.Preliminary ResultsPatient and families reported positive patient experience; improvement in preferred place of death; patients did not feel abandoned or
Respirology – Wiley
Published: Jan 1, 2018
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