To improve the quality of life for people with serious illness and their families, Dartmouth Institute researchers are developing a model of care which utilizes the unique knowledge of patients, families, and clinicians.
Many of us are familiar with the African proverb it takes a village to raise a child. But, there is an increasing awareness that it also takes a network of people working together to care for and support people facing serious illness and their families. Researchers at The Dartmouth Institute are developing a Palliative Care Learning Health System Incubator (LHS-Incubator) that unites the distinct knowledge and experiences of patients, caregivers, and clinicians—enabling these groups to work together to design and develop novel services and tools to improve palliative care experiences. The innovative care model also has the potential to help achieve higher healthcare value and increase our knowledge of the science of palliative care delivery. The Palliative Care LHS-Incubator is being developed in coordination with the creation of a national Palliative Care Quality Collaborative (PCQC), led by the American Academy of Hospice and Palliative Medicine.