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Solutions to Building a Palliative Care Program in the Ambulatory Care Setting

Educational materials, tools, training, and resources for integrating palliative care into ambulatory care for patients with serious life-threatening chronic illness or conditions.

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Ambulatory services are an important aspect of the continuum of palliative care. There is a significant interest in developing outpatient palliative care programs. This area will continue to expand significantly given trends in health care delivery, the need for collaborative care, and care-at-home models.

A report from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ is based on research conducted by the Johns Hopkins University Evidence-based Practice Center (EPC) to explore websites, resources, and studies to integrate palliative care into ambulatory care for patients with serious life-threatening chronic illness or conditions.

Five Key Questions

Key Question 1. How can we identify those patients who could benefit from palliative care in ambulatory care settings, and what is the evidence for effectiveness and implementation of these methods?

Key Question 2. What educational resources are available for patients and caregivers in ambulatory care about integrating palliative care, and what is the evidence for their effectiveness and implementation?

Key Question 3. What palliative care shared decision-making tools for serious life-threatening chronic illness or conditions are available for clinicians, patients, and caregivers in ambulatory care, and what is the evidence for their effectiveness and implementation?

Key Question 4. What educational resources are available for nonpalliative care clinicians about integrating palliative care in ambulatory settings, and what is the evidence for their effectiveness and implementation?

Key Question 5. What are the models for integrating palliative care into ambulatory settings, and what is the evidence for their effectiveness and implementation?

For each of these five questions, the study provided web resources, national websites, and studies to integrate palliative care into ambulatory for patients with serious life-threatening chronic illness or conditions. This special report provides the best this study has to offer, all in one concise document.

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