Cagle and Licht published in Social Work in Health Care

SSW Faculty Member John Cagle and Christophel Lichti (Palliative Care Service, Community Health Network) published a new paper entitled "Documenting the contributions of palliative care social work: testing the feasibility and utility of tracking clinical activities using medical records" in Social Work in Health Care.

Abstract: Access to data on quality metrics can better equip palliative care social workers to identify and address gaps in patient care, establish standards and accountability for social work functions on the interdisciplinary team, and evaluate the impact of interventions. The objective of this demonstration project was to create and pilot a data collection format in the patient electronic medical record (Epic) for documentation of social work metrics at each inpatient consultation, and to build corresponding pilot reports relevant to quality improvement goals. The successful implementation and initial pilot reports were reviewed for the feasibility of longer-term applications. Lichti, C., Cagle, J.G. (2020). Documenting the contributions of palliative care social work: testing the feasibility and utility of tracking clinical activities using medical records. Social Work in Health Care, 59(4), pp. 257-272

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