Several models exist for palliative care programs in hospitals: dedicated inpatient units, palliative care experts, consultative services, or some combination of the three. Some programs rely on a nurse practitioner to coordinate care throughout medical-surgical wards; others rely on a team of physicians to make consults. Some programs have a very structured mechanism to receive referrals; others use physician outreach and networking for referrals.
|Key Features of Palliative Care Consultations|
8.2.1 Case Study - Northwestern Memorial Hospital
8.2.2 Case Study - Memorial Sloan-Kettering
8.2.3 Case Study - Detroit Receiving Hospital
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