A planning committee of the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine will organize and host a 1-day workshop to examine approaches to improving the ability of primary care clinicians to care for people with serious illness across care settings, with an emphasis on palliative care principles, practices, policies, and payment mechanisms.
The workshop will feature invited presentations and panel discussions on topics that may include:
- The central role of primary care in providing high-quality care for people with serious illness;
- Changing patient demographics and workforce needs;
- Education and training challenges and opportunities to develop serious illness care; competencies for interdisciplinary primary care clinicians that are informed by principles and practices of high-quality palliative care;
- Barriers, facilitators, and effective models of care delivery for integrating serious illness care delivery into primary care settings;
- Impact of integrating serious illness care into primary care delivery on patient satisfaction, quality of care, and cost of care;
- Regulatory and payment policy mechanisms to support integrating serious illness care into primary care practices; and
- Key areas for further research to advance serious illness care integration in primary care settings.
The planning committee will develop the agenda for the workshop, select speakers and discussants, and moderate the discussions. A proceedings of the presentations and discussions at the workshop will be prepared by a designated rapporteur in accordance with institutional guidelines.