Case StudySupporting Palliative Care Referrals at Yale New Haven Hospital with Help of Rothman Index

Highlights Summary

  • A YNHH study found that the Rothman Index is a powerful tool for supporting palliative care consults.
  • Patients referred for palliative care consults at YNHH had shorter lengths of stay and were less likely to be readmitted than controls, illustrating that palliative care reduces costs of care in addition to improving quality of life.
  • The Rothman Index improves communication between nurses and physicians about end-of-life care. “For decades, nurses have been going to physicians and saying, ‘My gut tells me this patient isn’t going to do well,’” says YNHH’s Rebecca Gange-Henderson, APRN, ACHPN. “But now we have it quantified.”

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