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Pioneers in Rural Palliative Care
Since 2008, Stratis Health has pioneered processes for establishing and supporting palliative care services in smaller, rural communities. Recognizing that existing best practices were designed for large hospitals, Stratis Health led efforts to:
Building Community-based palliative care
Stratis Health assists communities with program development and in building skills to improve advance care planning, symptom management, communication, coordination, and delivery of care to improve the quality of life and care for those with chronic diseases or life-limiting illness. Community-based teams identify their goals and resources, and then develop plans for implementation with a focus on current strengths and resources.
Stratis Health leads initiatives, acting as the convener and bringing expertise in rural health, quality improvement, and learning collaboratives. Our palliative care work has been in collaboration with Fairview Health Services' Palliative Care Program which has provided clinical and operational expertise in palliative care. UCare provides funded several initiatives.
Key findings related to developing, implementing and sustaining a rural, community-based palliative care program
Based on our experiences in rural palliative care, Stratis Health has found that:
More on our initiatives
New Stratis Health Project to Advance Palliative Care in Rural Communities. Project will expand access to services in three states and identify how to leverage alternative payment models and technology to foster rural palliative care. (November 2017)
Stratis Health Rural Palliative Care Impact Report, July 2016 (28-page PDF)
Palliative Care Fact Sheet. An overview of Stratis Health’s work. 2-page PDF)
Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative: Building Palliative Care Capacity in Rural Minnesota, Journal of Palliative Medicine, February 2013, article abstract.
Palliative Care in Rural Minnesota: Findings from Stratis Health's Minnesota Rural Palliative Care Initiative, Minnesota Medicine, January/February 2016.
Rural palliative care resource center
Contact Stratis Health for assistance with your quality improvement and patient safety needs.
If your organization has projects it would like to work on, contact us to discuss how we can work together to support initiatives related to palliative care.
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