Can Palliative Care Make a Difference in Parkinson Disease?

Betty R. Ferrell, PhD, RN

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April 24, 2019

Palliative Care for Parkinson Disease?

A large community hospital serving a predominantly elderly population implemented a palliative care service 5 years ago. The service has been very successful, initially focusing on oncology and the intensive care unit. The hospital administrator, Mr Hudson, has asked to meet with the director of palliative care, Dr Levine, as a part of their strategic planning process.

Mr Hudson acknowledges the many contributions of the palliative care service, including patient satisfaction and financial benefits to the organization. He is interested in older populations who might benefit from palliative care and mentions end-stage heart disease, stroke, and Parkinson disease. He shares hospital data on hospital readmissions, emergency department visits, and other variables of interest to the organization.

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