Press ReleaseRothman Index’s Simplicity in Showing Patient Condition Increases Family-Clinician Collaboration for End-of-Life Planning
Newly published case report details use of Rothman Index, the Universal Patient Score™, in palliative and hospice care
CHARLOTTE, N.C., January 21, 2014 – PeraHealth Inc.’s Rothman Index (RI) Score is showcased in a new case report detailing its use by clinicians and family members in end-of-life planning. The RI Score gives a visual picture of a patient’s condition and progress in a simple, single numeric score that is graphed over time. Tracking the score allows family members and clinicians to better understand a patient’s condition and potential decline over time. The case study shows that the clarity and simplicity of the RI Score allows more frank discussions of prognosis and consideration of comfort measures, in this case resulting in timely transfer to hospice.
The article, published in BMJ Case Reports, details the decline in health of an 85-year-old man, and the use of the RI Score by his family and caregivers as they discussed end-of-life planning. The use of an objective measure to chart patient condition allows the physician to maintain empathy in family discussions, while being realistic about imminent death.
“This case report highlights the value of the Rothman Index as a Universal Patient Score, creating a simple, objective measure of a patient’s health that can be used across the continuum of care,” said Stephanie Alexander, CEO of PeraHealth. “In this report, the RI Score creates a common understanding that facilitates the often difficult conversations around end of life. We are also seeing our customers deploy the score more broadly and strategically around palliative care, allowing clinicians to have productive discussions that ultimately serve the patient and their families better.”
Read the case report discussing the Rothman Index in the context of palliative care.
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