Default palliative care orders help more patients with COPD receive consultation

More older patients with COPD, dementia or kidney failure had a palliative care consultation shortly after admission through a default ordering system vs. usual care, according to study results published in JAMA.
Default consult orders were automatically placed through electronic health records and clinicians had the power to opt-out of these orders, according to researchers.
“For many reasons, clinicians often delay engaging palliative care consult teams until the final days or weeks of patients’ lives, particularly for those with chronic, noncancer serious illnesses,”

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