Approximately one-third of elderly patients discharged after a critical care hospitalization die within a year and one-sixth suffer permanent impairments that require ongoing medical care. Although aftercare models such as intensive care unit (ICU) survivor clinics offer integrated care, many require the patient to travel to the site, which is not always feasible for those with severe impairments requiring ongoing medical care.
Mayr and colleagues evaluated the feasibility of a multidisciplinary 90-day home-based palliative care intervention with elderly veteran ICU survivors that included 2 in-home visits and 2 follow-up telephone visits. They found that the intervention was
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Patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) has been a priority for health care quality in the intensive care unit (ICU) for the past decade, with research funding supported by the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute. Although most research has focused on interventions aimed at improving outcomes such as number of ventilator-free...