COMPARISON OF DOCUMENTED PATIENT CARE BEFORE AND AFTER IMPLEMENTATION OF END OF LIFE CARE PATHWAY FOR TERMINALLY ILL PATIENTS AT SHAUKAT KHANUM MEMORIAL CANCER HOSPITAL AND RESEARCH CENTRE
Purpose: Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer Hospital and Research Cancer primarily deals with cancer patients and has various departments which provide best-integrated lifesaving care. However, when patients who have been given all possible medical and oncological treatment still progress their disease, they are then referred for best supportive care to palliative care department. The aim of this paper was to audit documented care for palliative patients before and after implementation of end of life care (ELC) pathway.
Materials and Methods: We used a retrospective method to audit 45 terminally ill patients over a period of 3 months. Then, a re-audit was done over a period of 3 months and data were collected for patients who were started on SKM-ELC pathway.
Results: Results show that the implementation of ELC pathway, 67% of the patients were not prescribed PRN medications for symptom control, 20% of the patients were not reviewed for the need of assisted nutrition and for 20% of the patient’s primary team were not even notified that the patient is dying. After the ELC pathway implementation, it was found that 100% of patients were reviewed for PRN medications and assisted nutrition. Oncologists were timely notified that the patient is dying.
Conclusion: In summary, we can say that implantation of ELC pathway has significantly improved documented patients care in all aspects.
Key words: Cancer, care for dying, end of life care, goals of care pathway
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