Utilizing Palliative Care to Optimize Outcomes of the Seriously Ill
The population of seriously ill adults age 85 and older with multiple chronic diseases is projected to double, reaching 9 million by 2030. The rate of multiple chronic diseases in younger age groups is increasing almost as dramatically. In addition, at least 34 million households depend on related caregivers to care for seriously ill older relatives in their homes. The high stress that many of these caregivers feel puts them at a significantly increased risk for death, major depression and other serious illness. One solution is early referral for palliative care.
Current research shows that palliative care improves the quality of life for patients and their family members. This interdisciplinary medical specialty focuses on the “prevention and relief of suffering by means of early identification and impeccable assessment and treatment of pain and other problems, physical, psychosocial, and spiritual” (World Health Organization).
This session is designed to increase awareness of the value of specialized palliative care in complex disease management, leading to better outcomes and better health care economics.
At the end of this educational activity, participants should be able to
- State the benefits of timely referral to palliative care programs for patients and their caregivers
- Recognize the potential impact on health care economics through the utilizing of palliative care
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R. Sean Morrison, MD, FAAHPM
Director, National Palliative Care Research Center
Director, Hertzberg Palliative Care Institute
Professor, Departments of Geriatrics and Palliative Medicine, and Internal Medicine
Mount Sinai School of Medicine
New York, New York
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