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Hospitalist, palliative care, utilization management

Jennifer K Walter, Lisa Ross DeCamp, Kavita S Warrier, Terrance P Murphy, Patricia M Keefer
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Parents of children with complex chronic conditions report fragmented care, unmet medical needs, and financial strain from health care costs. The aim of this study was to identify both prevalent themes discussed during pediatric palliative care consultation of patients with complex chronic conditions cared for by pediatric generalists and variation in consultation content by age and timing of consultation in disease course. METHODS: Forty randomly selected initial inpatient or outpatient consultation notes authored by the pediatric palliative care team at an academic, tertiary care children's hospital...
April 2013: Hospital Pediatrics
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