JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(1):48-54. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.6313
Question What are the characteristics of patients referred to inpatient palliative care (PC) consultation teams for advance care planning (ACP) or goals of care (GOC) discussions, what ACP/GOC needs are identified, and what are the outcomes?
Findings In this cohort study of 73 145 patients in inpatient palliative care teams, a need for ACP/GOC was the most common reason for inpatient PC consultation, and ACP/GOC needs were frequently identified even when the consultation request was for other reasons. During PC consultation, surrogates were identified and patients’ preferences regarding life-sustaining treatments were updated; however, only a minority of patients completed legal forms to document their preferences.
Meaning Inpatient PC consultation meets a common and important need, but there remains opportunity for improvement.
Read more here : https://jamanetwork.com/journals/jamainternalmedicine/fullarticle/2663853