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Monday Memo
Monday, March 6, 2017
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Happy Social Work Month from Athena Forum Institute.

Ellen Fink-Samnick MSW, ACSW, LCSW, CCM, CRP
Director of Social Work Education, Athena Forum, LLC
Boca Raton, FL

Did You Know

According to the Oncology Nurse Advisor online, "Advanced cancer patients who did not get early palliative care had a threefold higher risk of ICU admission in the final six months of life and a fourfold higher risk of terminal ICU admission, compared with patients in a palliative care program..." For more on this topic from Athena Forum, see below.

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Palliative Care Benefits: Eliminate the Suffering

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) define palliative care as patient and family-centered care that optimizes quality of life by anticipating, preventing and treating suffering, regardless of the diagnosis.

Palliative care is applicable early in the course of any potentially severe illness, in conjunction with other therapies that are intended to prolong life.

[Palliative and EOL Care, Module A, Advancing Palliative and EOL Care]

"Hospice care is always palliative, but not all palliative care is hospice care."

It is important to keep in mind that once informed consumers are very positive about palliative care and want access to it if they need it. Clear communication is essential.
Survey results found that:

  • 95% of respondents agreed that it is important for patients with serious illness and their families to be educated about palliative care
  • 92% of respondents said they would be likely to consider palliative care for a loved one if they had a serious illness
  • 92% of respondents said it is important that palliative care services be made available at all hospitals for patients with serious illness and their families

It is the responsibility of health care professionals to ensure that a person with any life-limiting illness has a chance at being both cured and maintaining a sense of wholeness. This is possible when there is a seamless integration of palliative care and acute care throughout the trajectory of the disease.

[Palliative and EOL Care, Module A, Advancing Palliative and EOL Care]

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