Integrating Palliative Care Screening in the Intensive Care Unit: A Quality Improvement Project

Author(s): Traci N. Phillips, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, CCRN, Denise K. Gormley, PhD, RN, Sherry Donaworth, DNP, APRN, ACNP-BC, FNP-BC

Contact Hours 1.00

CERP B 1.00

Expires Apr 01, 2027

Topics: Palliative/End-of-life Care, Quality Improvement

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Activity Summary

Required reading for all learners: Implicit Bias impacts patient outcomes

Despite recommendations by the Center to Advance Palliative Care, palliative care remains underused, with variations in care delivery such as delayed consultation in the critical care setting. For this project, we identified a need to improve the palliative care process for patients admitted to the ICU in a community hospital in which palliative care consultation traditionally was at the discretion of the attending physician.


  • Describe the benefits of early palliative care referral to identified hospitalized patients.
  • Identify patient risk factors for unmet palliative care needs.
  • Discuss implications for practice with implementation of a screening tool to improve patient access to palliative care services.

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