American Hospital Report on Advanced Illness Management: Part 2

The American Hospital Association has recently released its second report in the series, Advanced Illness Management Strategies.  The AHA’s Board Committee on Performance Improvement produced the report, Advanced Illness Management Strategies: Engaging the Community and a Ready, Willing and Able Workforce, which focuses on:

Awareness: Communitywide strategies can significantly raise patient and family awareness in advanced illness planning and management. Appreciating the benefits and partnering with advanced illness programs sooner rather than later can make the utmost difference between “dying well” and “dying badly” and should be the draw to managing advanced illness and engaging with one’s mortality.

Workforce: The success of AIM programs is contingent upon the education and training of health care providers as the demand grows for managing multiple chronic conditions, as well as for palliative and end-of-life care. There are not enough health care professionals who are ready, willing and able to manage advanced illness with patients and their families, and there is a constant need to engage in conversations and provide guidance to more expert resources. (Quoted from the AHA’s release on the report here.)

C-TAC is proud to be featured within the report; you can find the case study on C-TAC’s provider and public engagement initiatives here. Coalition participants and members such as the Conversation Project, Gundersen Health System and Center to Advance Palliative Care are also featured throughout the report.

The first AHA report, Advanced Illness  Management Strategies Part 1, is focused on how hospitals can increase access to AIM programs.

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