Palliative care plays an important and growing role in quality improvement agendas in many ICUs. Palliative care in the ICU has shown significant growth in the last decade. With its early integration within the ICU treatment model, it has shown improvement in not only symptom management at the end of life, but also in overall patient and family satisfaction. The role of palliative care within the ICU is to assist the patient and family in making value-based decisions. Such a model of decision making focuses on establishing goals of care, addressing patient symptoms, and providing family support. Clinical practice guidelines offered by the Center to Advance Palliative Care are one way to apply a standardized method of integrating early palliative care in the management of critically ill patients with advanced illness.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMount Sinai Expert Guides
Subtitle of host publicationCritical Care
Number of pages4
ISBN (Electronic)9781119293255
ISBN (Print)9781119293262
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2020


  • Clinical practice guidelines
  • Critically ill patients
  • ICUs
  • Palliative care
  • Quality improvement agendas
  • Symptom management
  • Value-based decisions


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