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Authors

  1. DiBello, Karol MSN, RN, FNP-BC, ACHPN, DNPc
  2. Coyne, Noreen MSN, RN, OCN

Abstract

Like the generation before them, an ever-increasing proportion of baby boomers in the United States have a chronic illness and often multiple chronic illnesses, using ever-increasing national healthcare resources. With the Triple Aim, Don Berwick's overarching goals to help guide positive transformation to the healthcare system, palliative care can be seen as a valuable ally in the growing arsenal of models of care aimed at addressing the nation's needs. The SPARK Program, the palliative care management program of a large home care agency in a metropolitan area, was created to address the needs of patients with chronic serious illness and palliative care needs.