Improving end-of-life care: development and pilot-test of a clinical pathway.

  title={Improving end-of-life care: development and pilot-test of a clinical pathway.},
  author={Marilyn Bookbinder and Arthur E. Blank and Elizabeth Arney and David Wollner and Pauline Lesage and Marlene E McHugh and Rose Anne Indelicato and Stephen Harding and Arkady Barenboim and Tahir Mirozyev and Russell K. Portenoy},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  volume={29 6},
Prior studies have revealed deficiencies in the care provided to patients dying from advanced medical illnesses in acute care hospitals. These deficiencies are best addressed through system change, which may include the development of clinical pathways and quality improvement models. The Palliative Care for Advanced Disease (PCAD) pathway was developed by an interdisciplinary team and includes a carepath, a daily flowsheet, and a physician order sheet with standard orders for symptom control… CONTINUE READING