Improving social work in intensive care unit palliative care:results of a quality improvement intervention.

Source:  Journal of Palliative Medicine, March 2010, 13 (3) p.297-304

Follow this link for abstract.

Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: article

In a nutshell: This article describes a study based in a 350-bed hospital with 65 ICU beds with the objective of examining the social worker component of an intervention to improve interdisciplinary palliative care in the ICU.  The effect of the intervention on three outcomes was measured: (1) families’ satisfaction with social work, (2) social workers’ reported palliative and supportive activities, and (3) social workers’ satisfaction with meeting family needs. The study showed an increase in social worker-reported activities which positvely supports the value of the model of interdisciplinary intervention however  results did not demonstrate improvements in other outcomes.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

 Acknowledgement: Medline.

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