Health Care Quality in End-of-Life Care: Promoting Palliative Care in the Intensive Care Unit

Rebecca Aslakson, Peter J. Pronovost

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Abstract

Seminal articles published in the late 1990s instigated not only an intense interest in health care quality but also a new era of research into quality end-of-life care, particularly in intensive care units (ICUs). ICUs can improve health care quality at the end of life by better using palliative care services and palliative care-related principles. This article details how the interest in health care quality has spurred a similar interest in end-of-life and palliative care in ICUs, defines palliative care and describes how it improves health care quality, and highlights barriers to the incorporation of palliative care in ICUs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)111-122
Number of pages12
JournalAnesthesiology clinics
Volume29
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - Mar 1 2011

Keywords

  • End-of-life care
  • Health care quality
  • Health care quality defects
  • Intensive care unit
  • Palliative care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine

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