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Identifying end of life needs in acute cardiac patients: a comparison of prognostic tools
  1. R Woolcock1,
  2. S Fenning1,
  3. K Haga1,
  4. C Skene2,
  5. K Boyd3,
  6. S A Murray3 and
  7. M Denvir2
  1. 1College of Medicine and Veterinary Medicine, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  2. 2Edinburgh Heart Centre, Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  3. 3Primary Palliative Care Research Group, Centre for Population Health Sciences, The University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK


Introduction and aims Identifying patients with non-malignant disease in the hospital setting who might benefit from palliative and supportive care is challenging. There is little research in this area. A screening tool, the Scottish Palliative Care Indicator Tool (SPICT) was developed to help identify acute cardiac patients who might benefit from supportive/palliative care. We aimed to compare this new tool with the Gold Standards Framework Prognostic Indicator Guide (GSF-PIG)and two clinical prognostic scores currently used in hospital practice (GRACE and Seattle).

Methods Consecutive patients admitted to a cardiology ward with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and acute heart failure (AHF) over a 4 week period were identified. Data for SPICT, GSF-PIG, GRACE (estimated 6 month% mortality) and Seattle scores (estimated 12 month% mortality) were obtained from patient records and by interviews with hospital staff.

Conclusions SPICT and GSF identified ACS patients with significantly higher risk of death within 6 months of discharge. Neither prognostic tool appeared to predict Seattle score mortality in patients with AHF. SPICT and GSF have equivalent predictive utility in identifying acute cardiac patients nearing end-of life.

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