The University of California is leveraging its expertise to enhance patient care at UC medical centers systemwide, awarding a $1 million grant to expand palliative care (specialized care for seriously ill patients and their families).
The two-year project, led by Wendy Anderson, MD, MS, of UC San Francisco, seeks to improve the quality of care for patients in the intensive care unit (ICU) and their families. The project will expand a training program for bedside nurses to increase the integration of palliative care into ICUs across UC Health. Co-investigators are Steven Pantilat, MD, from the UCSF School of Medicine and Kathleen Puntillo, RN, PhD, from the UCSF School of Nursing.
The Project aims to increase the integration of palliative care in the ICUs of the University of California medical centers at UC Davis, UC Irvine, UCLA (Los Angeles), UC San Diego and UCSF (San Francisco).
- UCSF News Story: http://www.ucsf.edu/news
Palliative care focuses on quality of life: managing pain, symptoms and stress of serious illness, and helping to ensure that patients get the type of care they want. Palliative care improves care for patients and their families, and also decreases costs. While the field has been growing rapidly — two-thirds of U.S. hospitals with more than 50 beds now have a palliative care team — access is still limited. Even in hospitals that have palliative care, many seriously ill patients do not receive it.