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Year 2021
October 2021

SHBC1074

Abstract Title
Does an Integrated Palliative Care Program Reduce Emergency Department Transfers for Nursing Home Palliative Residents?
Authors

P.HO1, Y.LIM1, L.L.C.TAN1, G.MAGPANTAY1, J.W.K.CHIA1, L.K.SIM1, J.A.LOW1

Institutions

Khoo Teck Puat Hospital1

Background & Hypothesis

Nursing Homes (NHs) are faced with a myriad of challenges to provide quality palliative care to residents who are at their end-of-life (EOL). We aim to describe and examine the impact of the GeriCare Palliative Care Program, which comprises of telemedicine, on-site clinical preceptorship, palliative care education program and Advance Care Planning (ACP) advocacy in reducing emergency department (ED) transfers from NHs.

Methods

This is a retrospective cohort study. A total of 217 telemedicine consults were conducted for 187 unique NH residents across 5 NHs in Singapore over a 27-month period from April 2018 to June 2020. Records of all enrolled palliative care residents who were triaged via telemedicine consultations were examined.

Results

Our findings revealed that 82% of our urgent telemedicine consultations have successfully averted ED transfers. Gender and completion of ACP were statistically significant between ED transfer group and non-ED transfer group. Among those who completed their ACP, 78.3% of the ED transfer group chose limited intervention as their main goals of care as compared to 30% in the non-ED transfer group.

Discussion & Conclusion

The GeriCare Palliative Care Program is a novel program, which is developed to improve the quality of palliative care in NHs. The comprehensive GeriCare model comprises of a systematic framework, an integration of clinical support, ACP advocacy and education program. Our findings demonstrated that these interventions synergistically led to a reduction in ED transfers while optimising the residents’ quality of care. By carrying out the targeted initiatives to support NHs, the residents could age-in-place comfortably.

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