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The study compares early palliative care consultation to standard of care in the medical intensive care unit (ICU). The study will assess if the intervention leads to an increased proportion of clearly delineated goals of care and quality of life and examine if this intervention leads to decreased length of days in the ICU, Hospital, and on mechanical ventilation.
- The medical intensive care unit will be split into two groups, assigned as either early palliative care consultation or standard of care. Current standard of care in the ICU is that primary clinician providers determine the need and time for palliative care consultation, which can occur approximately 5 - 14 days after admission.
- A palliative care screening tool will be used to determine if a newly admitted patient is eligible for palliative care consultation. For patients in the standard of care group, medical records will be reviewed.
- The two medical ICU groups will be crossed over to the after 3 months for a total of 6 months of study.
- Participants will be followed through his or her hospitalization.
Barnes Jewish Hospital
Not yet recruiting
Washington University School of Medicine
Published on BioPortfolio: 2017-08-28T19:53:22-0400
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