The Institute for Clinical and Economic Review developed an evidence report on palliative care in the outpatient setting to support a public meeting of the New England Comparative Effectiveness Public Advisory Council (CEPAC) in March 2016.
More than 90 million Americans live with at least 1 chronic illness, and 7 of 10 Americans die from chronic disease.1 As this population grows, unmet needs for symptom relief and comfort care have become more acute.2 Palliative care is a management approach focused on improving quality of life (QOL) through relief of pain, symptoms, and distress of serious illness.3 It can be administered in a number of settings; delivery in the outpatient setting has been identified as the next frontier in palliative care, potentially maximizing delivery and convenience of needed services.3
Cunningham C, Ollendorf D, Travers K. The Effectiveness and Value of Palliative Care in the Outpatient Setting. JAMA Intern Med. Published online January 03, 2017. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2016.8177