Arif H. Kamal
Duke University, Durham, North Carolina
Which Palliative Care Quality Measures Improve Patient-Centered Outcomes?
To explore the relationship between adherence to quality measures in palliative care and patient-centered outcomes, including patient-reported changes in health status and health services utilization. The project has two aims: 1) Describe variability in clinician adherence to a set of palliative care quality measures; and 2) Determine the relationship between adherence to palliative care quality measures and patient-reported outcomes, including satisfaction with care, quality of life, and symptom relief. Identifying a set of quality measures that are associated with improved outcomes requires patient-centered approaches. This research would simultaneously compare outcomes associated with adherence to several quality measures. Results of such analyses would prove which quality measures are the most impactful, thus producing a smaller list. Such a prioritized list could then be considered for inclusion as best practices in the field.