Defining Serious Illness Among Adult Surgical Patients.

Affiliation

The Center for Surgery and Public Health, Brigham and Women's Hospital, Boston, Massachusetts, USA; Department of Surgery, University of California, San Diego, La Jolla, California, USA. Electronic address: [Email]

Abstract

Palliative care (PC) for seriously ill surgical patients, including aligning treatments with patients' goals and managing symptoms, is associated with improved patient-oriented outcomes and decreased health care utilization. However, efforts to integrate PC alongside restorative surgical care are limited by the lack of a consensus definition for serious illness in the perioperative context.

Keywords

Delphi methods,RAND-UCLA Appropriateness Method,Surgical palliative care,quality improvement,quality measurement,serious illness,

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