JAMA Article Provides Guidance to Physicians on End-of-Life Care
Options for care at the end of life have increased in recent years. With more than 1,400 hospital-based palliative care programs and 4,700 hospice programs across the U.S., patients and family caregivers coping with life-limiting illness have a broader range of choices than ever before.
Guidance regarding end-of-life care is increasingly important as a generation of baby-boomers begins to confront issues at the end of life, for themselves and their parents.
“While all hospice programs are very good, there are some programs that are really excellent,” said
The JAMA article, “Referring a Patient and Family to High-Quality Palliative Care at the Close of Life,” written by Teno and
For professionals, Teno and Connor developed guidelines — which they call the three C’s — to help determine whether the care being considered is “competent, compassionate and coordinated.”
For families, they developed what they call “the five C’s” — the characteristics which families should look for when choosing a hospice or palliative care program:
- Competent care by interdisciplinary team
- Care that is Centered on patient and family needs
- Coordinates care and provides correct access to needed services
- Compassionate, and
- Committed to quality
More information about hospice and palliative care is available from NHPCO’s Caring Connections at www.caringinfo.org or via the HelpLine at 1-800-658-8898. Online materials include the brochure, Hospice Care: A Consumer’s Guide to Selecting a Hospice Program.
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SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization