Professor of Medicine
School of Medicine
Section Chief of Palliative Care
School of Medicine
Member of the Duke Cancer Institute
School of Medicine
Internal Medicine Residency
Chief Resident, Medicine
Fellow, Palliative Medicine
Palliative Care Planner (PCplanner): A Pilot Study to Evaluate Acceptability and Usability of an Electronic Health Records System-Integrated, Needs-Targeted App Platform.
The quality and patient-centeredness of intensive care unit (ICU)-based palliative care delivery is highly variable.To develop and pilot an app platform for clinicians, ICU patients, and their family members that enhances the delivery of needs-targeted palliative care.In the Development Phase of the study, we developed an electronic health record (EHR) system-integrated mobile web app system prototype, PCplanner (Palliative Care Planner). PCplanner screens the EHR for ICU patients meeting any of five prompts ('triggers') for palliative care consultation, allows families to report their unmet palliative care needs, and alerts clinicians to these needs. The Evaluation Phase included a prospective before/after study conducted at a large academic medical center. Two control populations were enrolled in the before period to serve as context for the intervention. First, 25 ICU patients who received palliative care consults served as patient-level controls. Second, 49 family members of ICU patients who received mechanical ventilation for at least 48 hours served as family-level controls. Afterward, 14 patients, 18 family members, and 10 clinicians participated in the intervention evaluation period. Family member outcomes measured at baseline and 4 days later included acceptability (Client Satisfaction Questionnaire [CSQ]); usability (Systems Usability Scale [SUS]); palliative care needs, assessed with the adapted Needs of social nature; Existential concerns; Symptoms; and Therapeutic interaction (NEST) scale; the Patient-Centeredness of Care Scale (PCCS), and the Perceived Stress Scale (PSS). Patient outcomes included frequency of goal concordant treatment, hospital length of stay, and discharge disposition.Family members reported high PCplanner acceptability (mean CSQ 14.1 [1.4]) and usability (mean SUS 21.1 [1.7]). PCplanner family member recipients experienced a 12.7-unit reduction in NEST score compared with a 3.4-unit increase among controls (p=0.002), as well as improved mean scores on the PCCS (6.6 [standard deviation [5.8]) and the PSS (-0.8 [1.9]). The frequency of goal concordant treatment increased over the course of the intervention (n=14 [79%] vs. n=18 [100%]). Compared to palliative care controls, intervention patients received palliative care consultation sooner (3.9 [2.7] vs. 6.9 [7.1] mean days), had a shorter mean hospital length of stay (20.5 [9.1] vs. 22.3 [16.0]), and received hospice care more frequently (5 [36%] vs. 5 [20%]) though these differences were not statistically significant.PCplanner represents an acceptable, usable, and clinically promising systems-based approach to delivering EHR-triggered, needs-targeted ICU-based palliative care within a standard clinical workflow. A clinical trial in a larger population is needed to evaluate its efficacy.
- Cox, CE; Jones, DM; Reagan, W; Key, MD; Chow, V; McFarlin, J; Casarett, D; Creutzfeldt, CJ; Docherty, SL
- MLA Citation
- Cox, CE, Jones, DM, Reagan, W, Key, MD, Chow, V, McFarlin, J, Casarett, D, Creutzfeldt, CJ, and Docherty, SL. "Palliative Care Planner (PCplanner): A Pilot Study to Evaluate Acceptability and Usability of an Electronic Health Records System-Integrated, Needs-Targeted App Platform." Annals of the American Thoracic Society (November 9, 2017).
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- Annals of the American Thoracic Society
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