Indications for Palliative Consultation

Not just for patients with cancer.

The following criteria should be considered as criteria for initiating a palliative care referral:

  • Ask yourself, "Would I be surprised if this patient died in the next year?" If the answer is "yes," then consider a palliative consultation.
  • Patients with advancing dementia, end-stage renal failure, end-stage liver failure, congestive heart failure, advanced lung disease, advanced ALS/MS, have palliative needs
  • Frequent emergency room visit for the same diagnosis
  • Frequent hospital admissions for the same diagnosis in the last 30 days
  • Prolonged hospital or ICU stay (7-14 days) without evidence of improvement
  • Declining ability to complete activities of daily living
  • Difficult to control physical or emotional symptoms
  • Patient or family needs help making complex care decisions
  • Physician needs support with difficult conversations about prognosis

What Our Families Say

For all the wonderful care, you made such a difference, and it is so deeply appreicated. ~ Patient's family

Thank you all so very much for your kindly care.  I will always remember. ~ Patient's daughter

On behalf of our family, we would like to thank the team that supported our dad during his time of homecoming. 
He spoke of the staff often and he, along with us, were very pleased. 
Greatly appreciated
 ~ Patient's family

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