Turkish Journal of Geriatrics 2022 , Vol 25, Issue 1
Onur ÖZTÜRK1, Muhammet Ali ORUÇ2, Muhammed Emin GÖKTEPE1, Latife Merve YAĞLIOĞLU1, Muhammed OKUYUCU3
1Samsun Education and Research Hospital, Department of Family Medicine, Samsun, Turkey
2Ahi Evran University, Department of Family Medicine, Kırşehir, Turkey
3Ondokuz Mayıs University, Internal Medicine, Samsun, Turkey
DOI : 10.31086/tjgeri.2022.261 Introduction: It is essential to comply with palliative care philosophy during consultations for hospitalisation purposes between specific medical branches and specialised palliative care services (SPCS). We aimed to evaluate the patients who were admitted or consulted to the palliative care service with a palliative care approach.

Materials and Method: This descriptive study is based on retrospective review of data. The consultation requests delivered to the SPCS between December 1, 2019 and December 1, 2020 were evaluated through the hospital archive. The number of consultation requests delivered to the SPCS from other departments for hospitalisation purposes, demographic characteristics of patients, their acceptance and rejection rates, and reasons for which these decisions were made were examined.

Results: Of the total 394 consultation requests, 53.6% (n = 211) were for males. The acceptance rate was 40.9% (n = 161). The most common primary diagnosis category was gastrointestinal cancers (21.6%), the most common consulting branch was emergency department (44.6%), the most common reason for rejection (53.2%) was the patient"s acute problems and the most common reason for acceptance was the need for nutritional support with a rate of 64.0%.

Conclusion: It has been determined that most of the consultations requests were not accepted. It is necessary to use SPCS more effectively. Keywords : Consultation; Palliative Care; Patient Admission