Suzuki Atsushi
   Department   School of Medicine(Tokyo Women's Medical University Hospital), School of Medicine
   Position   Assistant Professor
Article types Original article
Language English
Peer review Peer reviewed
Title Development and Practical Test of Quality Indicators for Palliative Care in Patients With Chronic Heart Failure.
Journal Formal name:Circulation journal : official journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Abbreviation:Circ J
ISSN code:13469843/13474820
Domestic / ForeginDomestic
Publisher The Japanese Circulation Society
Volume, Issue, Page in press頁
Author and coauthor Hamatani Yasuhiro, Takada Yasuko, Miyamoto Yoshihiro, Kawano Yukie, Anchi Yuta, Shibata Tatsuhiro, Suzuki Atsushi, Nishikawa Mitsunori, Ito Hiroto, Kato Masashi, Shiga Tsuyoshi, Fukumoto Yoshihiro, Izumi Chisato, Yasuda Satoshi, Ogawa Hisao, Sugano Yasuo, Anzai Toshihisa
Publication date 2020/01
Summary BACKGROUND:Palliative care is highly relevant for patients with heart failure (HF), and there is a need for quantitative information on quality of care. Accordingly, this study aimed to develop a set of quality indicators (QIs) for palliative care of HF patients, and to conduct a practical pilot measurement of the proposed QIs in clinical practice.

METHODS AND RESULTS:We used a modified Delphi technique, a consensus method that involves a comprehensive literature review, face-to-face multidisciplinary panel meeting, and anonymous rating in 2 rounds. A 15-member multidisciplinary expert panel individually rated each potential indicator on a scale of 1 (lowest) to 9 (highest) for appropriateness. All indicators receiving a median score ≥7 without significant disagreement were included in the final set of QIs. Through the consensus-building process, 35 QIs were proposed for palliative care in HF patients. Practical measurement in HF patients (n=131) from 3 teaching hospitals revealed that all of the proposed QIs could be obtained retrospectively from medical records, and the following QIs had low performance (<10%): "Intervention by multidisciplinary team", "Opioid therapy for patients with refractory dyspnea", and "Screening for psychological symptoms".

CONCLUSIONS:The first set of QIs for palliative care of HF patients was developed and could clarify quantitative information and might improve the quality of care.
DOI 10.1253/circj.CJ-19-0225
PMID 31983725