Study: ICU intensivists increase hospice, palliative care referrals

10/30/2012 | MedPage Today (free registration)

When the ICU at the University of Florida's Academic Health Center went to round-the-clock staffing with attending intensivists, the number of referrals to hospice and palliative care tripled, reducing medically unnecessary care and possibly costs, UF researchers told a physician conference. Critical care fellow Dr. Eric Papierniak said there wasn't a special effort to increase referrals but the intern pairs who had been staffing the ICU at night may not have felt qualified to make decisions about aggressive treatment.

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