Palliative Care Team Perceptions of Standardized Palliative Care Referral Criteria Implementation in Hospital Settings

Rachael Heitner, Maggie Rogers, Allison Silvers, Katherine R. Courtright, Diane E. Meier

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Abstract

Background: Standardized referral criteria can aid in identifying patients who would benefit from palliative care consultation. Little is known, however, on palliative care team members' perceptions of these criteria. Objective: Describe palliative care programs' reasons for referral criteria implementation and their perception of the benefits or disadvantages of its use. Design: Online survey of National Palliative Care Registry™ participants who use standardized referral criteria. Results: Fifty-three programs participated. Late referrals (64.2%) were the most commonly cited reason for referral criteria implementation. The majority (77.4%) felt that referral criteria lead to positive outcomes, including earlier referrals for palliative care-appropriate patients (71.7%). Increases in staff workload and inappropriate referrals were identified as disadvantages of referral criteria use.∗ Conclusion: Palliative care program members identified both benefits and disadvantages of referral criteria use, but felt they had mostly productive results. ∗Correction added on March 18, 2021 after first online publication of December 18, 2020: In the Results section of the abstract, the third sentence was changed from "Increases in clinical volume and inappropriate referrals were identified as disadvantages of referral criteria use."to "Increases in staff workload and inappropriate referrals were identified as disadvantages of referral criteria use."

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)747-750
Number of pages4
JournalJournal of Palliative Medicine
Volume24
Issue number5
DOIs
StatePublished - May 2021

Keywords

  • hospital palliative care
  • implementation
  • referral criteria
  • trigger

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