Overcoming Barriers to Consultation on Palliative Care

Author(s): Kathleen Ouimet Perrin, RN, PhD, CCRN, Mary Kazanowski, PhD, APRN, ACHPN

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Oct 01, 2019

Topics: Palliative/End-of-life Care

Population: Adult

Role: Staff

Member: Free
NonMember: $10.00

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Activity Summary

Palliative care consultations for patients with life-threatening illnesses provide benefits for the patients and their families as well as for the health care team. Patients have better quality of life and live longer but cost the health care system less. Still, many patients are not offered the opportunity to receive a palliative care consultation. Barriers to palliative care consultation for patients in critical care units include misunderstandings about palliative care and not having agreed upon criteria for referral. Critical care nurses can assist in overcoming these barriers.


  • Identify barriers to obtaining palliative care consultation within a critical care environment
  • Describe strategies to overcome barriers to obtaining palliative care consultation
  • Recognize the benefits of early initiation of palliative care consultation

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