Benefits of Palliative Care


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Benefits to Institutions

Palliative care teams effectively improve hospital care on quality indicators including:

  • containment of end-of-life costs
  • reductions in hospital inpatient days
  • reductions in readmissions
  • enhanced access to existing resources such as hospice care for those with advanced cancer and other illnesses
  • reductions in the number of deaths in the ICU

 

Benefits to Health Care Providers

Palliative care clinicians teach and model supportive techniques such as mindfulness and meditation, reflective reading and writing, team debriefing, and Schwartz Center Rounds which in turn:

  • diminish compassion fatigue among staff
  • ease staff members’ emotional and moral burnout
  • mitigate turnover

 

Benefits to Patients and Family Caregivers

Evidence suggests an association between palliative care services and improvements in patient and family satisfaction in:

  • quality of care
  • pain and symptom management
  • doctor patient communication
  • coordination of care
  • reductions in anxiety, grief and burden