Key clinical point: When initiated early, palliative care consults may increase the number of discharges to hospice for end-of-life patients.
Major finding: Hospital mortality occurred in none of the patients in the early palliative care group, versus six in the usual care group (P = .01).
Study details: A randomized, controlled clinical trial including 29 patients admitted to a medical ICU.
Disclosures: The study authors reported no relevant relationships.
Helgeson S et al. CHEST 2019. Abstract, doi: 10.1016/j.chest.2019.08.803.