A Matter of Morality: Improving the End-of-Life Experience for Patients Receiving Hospice and Palliative Care in Acute Inpatient Settings

Jessica O'Toole and Dr. Lyndsey Gates, School of Nursing, Norwich University, 158 Harmon Drive, Northfield, Vermont 05663

Abstract:     Purpose: To review and analyze current literature regarding end-of-life care in the form of inpatient hospice. The primary objective is to identify best practices that improve quality of experience for patients, families and staff. Methods: A thorough internet search was conducted utilizing esteemed search engines such as the Cumulated Index to Nursing and Allied Health Literature (CINAHL). The inclusion criteria for selected articles involved those relating to inpatient acute care settings, those published in the last 5-10 years, and those who were subjected to peer review.  Results: This research supported the use of advance care planning, effective communication, and collaborative care teams for the delivery of optimal end-of-life care. Inpatient hospital admissions, and subsequently inpatient deaths, are increasing each year. Finally further end-of-life education is needed for clinicians in acute inpatient settings. Conclusions: End-of-life care is enhanced by advance care planning, effective communication, collaborative care teams, and the implementation of well functioning inpatient hospice units as acute care deaths continue to rise. Hospice and palliative care education should be integrated into doctors, nurses, and other clinicians' core curricula in addition to being an ongoing essential component of professional development and educational requirements. 

Additional Abstract Information

Presenter: Jessica O'Toole

Institution: Norwich University

Type: Poster

Subject: Nursing & Public Health

Status: Approved

Time and Location

Session: Poster 9
Date/Time: Wed 12:00pm-1:00pm
Session Number: 6082