Eric Anderson, MD, Allina Health LifeCourse principal investigator and co-researcher Sandra Schellinger, NP-C conducted an in-depth analysis of advanced heart failure patients' goals several years prior to death.
"The results highlight the tendency of both patients and health care providers to wait too long for discussions about serious illness," said Schellinger. "Knowing the social, emotional, and spiritual priorities of patients will equip clinicians to better discuss serious illness care in a way that addresses the most important priorities in their patients' lives."
Their study, "What is Important? Eliciting Deep Insights from Patients and Families: A Workshop for Opening Doors to Important Conversations," will be presented at the Minnesota Network of Hospice and Palliative Care 2017 Annual Conference April 2 to 4 in Minneapolis.
Other studies and presenters are:
"Collaborating to Increase Access to LifeCourse, a Late Life Supportive Care Approach" by Vivian Anugwom, MS, and Paul Erickson, MD, provides lessons learned when LifeCourse expanded outside the mainstream healthcare system to address disparities among communities of color. Erickson is with NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center in North Minneapolis.
"LifeCourse: An Innovative Approach to Late Life Care" by Anderson, and Karl Fernstrom, MPH, compares LifeCourse and usual care patients on utilization, quality of life and experience.
LifeCourse, built on the tenets of palliative care, provides supportive care during the time between advanced illness diagnosis and end of life. At its core, is a lay healthcare worker who visits patients monthly in their homes, communicates across care settings and organizations, and works with primary and specialty care teams and social service partners.