SUPPORTERS of an innovative project intended to provide comprehensive treatment and services for chronically ill patients near the end of life are looking for clinical sites to demonstrate and evaluate the costs and efficacy of the program.
The Center to Improve Care of the Dying at George Washington University Medical Center and Americans for Better Care of the Dying (ABCD), both in Washington, DC, are in the process of recruiting 10 to 18 hospices, large group practices, or other health care provider sites around the country that are willing and able to participate in the MediCaring National Demonstration and Evaluation Project. Each site that participates in the 3-year project will have to enroll annually at least 100 patients with advanced congestive heart failure (CHF) or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)—patients for whom hospice services are not generally available, said Joanne Lynn, MD, director of the Center to Improve Care of the Dying and founding president of ABCD, and Anne M. Wilkinson, PhD, associate research professor of health care science and medicine at George Washington University Medical Center.
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