In this retrospective cohort of almost 500 patients who died in the hospital, researchers found over half of them were admitted with an end-stage disease, and 15% died during CPR. In assessing 16 quality indicators to assess the quality of the dying experience, they found almost 1/3 of patients did not receive recommended care for applicable indicators. This quality assessment can identify areas of needed improvement for palliative symptom management in patient dying in the hospital setting (abstract)
Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.