Palliative care patients in the emergency department.

  title={Palliative care patients in the emergency department.},
  author={Beverley J Lawson and Frederick I Burge and Paul Mcintyre and Simon Quellen Field and David T. Maxwell},
  journal={Journal of palliative care},
  volume={24 4},
Although end-of-life care is not a primary function of the emergency department (ED), in reality, many access this department in the later stages of illness. In this study, ED use by patients registered with the Capital Health Integrated Palliative Care Service (CHIPCS) is examined and CHIPCS patient characteristics associated with ED use identified. Overall, 27% of patients made at least one ED visit while registered with CHIPCS; 54% of these resulted in a hospital admission. ED visiting was… CONTINUE READING