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Outcomes of an Acute Palliative Care Unit at a Comprehensive Cancer Center in Korea

 Si Won Lee  ;  Jung Hye Kwon  ;  Seung-Hoon Beom  ;  Sang Joon Shin  ;  Hyo Song Kim  ;  Sun Young Rha  ;  Minkyu Jung  ;  Joo Hyuk Sohn  ;  Joong-Bae Ahn  ;  Hyun Cheol Chung  ;  Gun Min Kim  ;  Hye Ryun Kim  ;  Beodeul Kang  ;  Youn Jung Hu  ;  Hye Jin Choi 
 PALLIATIVE MEDICINE REPORTS, Vol.4(1) : 9-16, 2023-01 
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acute palliative care unit ; cancer ; palliative care team ; palliative medicine
Background: The acute palliative care unit (APCU) bridges between active cancer treatment and hospice care. However, no study has proven the efficacy of APCU in Korea.

Objective: To evaluate the first-year outcomes of the patients admitted to an APCU at a tertiary hospital in Korea.

Design: The APCU admitted 205 patients between April 14, 2014, and April 30, 2015. Of these patients, 57 were evaluable for baseline and one-week follow-up Edmonton Symptom Assessment System (ESAS).

Results: Of the 57 participants, 56.1% were male, with a median age of 60 years (range, 52.8-69.5 years). All patients had advanced cancer, and 42 out of 57 had terminal illnesses. The median APCU stay was 14 days (range, 10-17 days). The 42 (73.7%) patients were referred to the APCU after anticancer treatment was completed. Ten (17.5%) patients died during their stay, and 20 (35.1%) were discharged home. Among those who completed the ESAS, there were significant improvements in scores in the following symptoms: fatigue, depression, loss of appetite, and shortness of breath. Physical symptoms (pain, fatigue, nausea, drowsiness, appetite, and shortness of breath) and the total ESAS scores were significantly improved (p = 0.002 and p = 0.005, respectively). Each non-medical palliative care program, such as art and music therapy, yoga, foot massage, haircut, and body care, showed no significant differences between the group who received them and those who did not.

Conclusion: During the APCU stay, the overall symptoms of inpatients were reduced. A comprehensive and multidisciplinary team approach is essential for patients who need palliative care.
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Kang, Beodeul(강버들) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5177-8937
Kim, Gun Min(김건민) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-9167-8682
Kim, Hye Ryun(김혜련) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-1842-9070
Kim, Hyo Song(김효송) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0625-9828
Rha, Sun Young(라선영) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2512-4531
Beom, Seung Hoon(범승훈) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-7036-3753
Sohn, Joo Hyuk(손주혁) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2303-2764
Shin, Sang Joon(신상준) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5350-7241
Ahn, Joong Bae(안중배) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-6787-1503
Lee, Si Won(이시원) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-2144-4298
Jung, Min Kyu(정민규) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-8281-3387
Chung, Hyun Cheol(정현철) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0002-0920-9471
Choi, Hye Jin(최혜진) ORCID logo https://orcid.org/0000-0001-5917-1400
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