Chapman, M., Johnston, N., Lovell, C., Forbat, L. & Liu, W. (2016). Avoiding costly hospitalisation at end of life: findings from a specialist palliative care pilot in residential care for older adults. BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care, 1-8. United Kingdom: BMJ Group. Retrieved from https://doi.org/10.1136/bmjspcare-2015-001071
Objectives Specialist palliative care is not a standardised component of service delivery in nursing home care in Australia. Specialist palliative care services can increase rates of advance care planning, decrease hospital admissions and improve symptom management in such facilities. New approaches are required to support nursing home residents in avoiding unnecessary hospitalisation and improving rates of dying in documented preferred place of death. This study examined whether the addition of a proactive model of specialist palliative care reduced resident transfer to the acute care setting, and achieved a reduction in hospital deaths.
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