"They Shouldn't Be Coming to the ED, Should They?": A Descriptive Service Evaluation of Why Patients With Palliative Care Needs Present to the Emergency Department.

@article{Green2017TheySB,
  title={"They Shouldn't Be Coming to the ED, Should They?": A Descriptive Service Evaluation of Why Patients With Palliative Care Needs Present to the Emergency Department.},
  author={Esther Green and Sarah Ward and Will Brierley and Ben Riley and Henna Sattar and T. Harris},
  journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care},
  year={2017},
  volume={34 10},
  pages={
          984-990
        }
}
BACKGROUND Patients with palliative care needs frequently attend the emergency department (ED). There is no international agreement on which patients are best cared for in the ED, compared to the primary care setting or direct admission to the hospital. This article presents the quantitative phase of a mixed-methods service evaluation, exploring the reasons why patients with palliative care needs present to the ED. METHODS This is a single-center, observational study including all patients… CONTINUE READING
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