The Efficacy of The Palliative Care Initiative in Optimizing Quality of Life in The Terminally Ill

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Tandle, Jenna E.
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2014-04-26
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Abstract This project describes the importance of advanced care planning for patients receiving a terminal diagnosis in acute health care facilities across the United States. A person’s quality of life and sense of control is improved by early advanced care planning and maintenance of daily living activities after they have been given a fatal prognosis. Family members and caregivers of these patients face various burdens and hardships in helping their loved ones navigate through the end-of-life experience and benefit from earlier advanced care planning. This project discusses the evidence for interventions which have been most helpful and supportive to terminal patients and their families, such as the implementation of the palliative care initiative. Finally, this project concludes with recommendations for social workers in acute care facilities, suggesting how they may influence and strengthen their interdisciplinary teams in providing more efficient and competent person-centered care in the final stage of life
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