The quality imperative for palliative care.

Published

Journal Article

Palliative medicine must prioritize the routine assessment of the quality of clinical care we provide. This includes regular assessment, analysis, and reporting of data on quality. Assessment of quality informs opportunities for improvement and demonstrates to our peers and ourselves the value of our efforts. In fact, continuous messaging of the value of palliative care services is needed to sustain our discipline; this requires regularly evaluating the quality of our care. As the reimbursement mechanisms for health care in the U.S. shift from fee-for-service to fee-for-value models, palliative care will be expected to report robust data on quality of care. We must move beyond demonstrating to our constituents (including patients and referrers), "here is what we do," and increase the focus on "this is how well we do it" and "let us see how we can do it better." It is incumbent on palliative care professionals to lead these efforts. This involves developing standardized methods to collect data without adding additional burden, comparing and sharing our experiences to promote discipline-wide quality assessment and improvement initiatives, and demonstrating our intentions for quality improvement on the clinical frontline.

Full Text

Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Kamal, AH; Hanson, LC; Casarett, DJ; Dy, SM; Pantilat, SZ; Lupu, D; Abernethy, AP

Published Date

  • February 2015

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 49 / 2

Start / End Page

  • 243 - 253

PubMed ID

  • 25057987

Pubmed Central ID

  • 25057987

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1873-6513

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1016/j.jpainsymman.2014.06.008

Language

  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States