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Scott Halpern Awarded a UH2/UH3 Grant to Study Default Palliative Care Consultations

Scott Halpern has been awarded a five-year, $3.17 grant from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) to  conduct a pragmatic randomized trial among seriously ill patients admitted to nine electronically integrated hospitals within the largest nonprofit health system in the U.S. The study will investigate the effectiveness of changing the current “opt-in” approach for palliative care consultations in the ICU to an “opt-out” model.  In addition, the study will provide experimental evidence regarding the effectiveness of inpatient palliative care consult services in real-world settings, and will also gauge which types of services work best for certain types of patients.