Participants in LifeCourse have fewer costs and better experiences, according to an analysis based on 900 “intervention” and “usual care” patients. The Allina Health late-life whole-person care model supports people’s medical and non-medical needs during the time between advanced illness diagnosis and end of life.
“After finding strong ‘Triple Aim’ results, including an eight-to-one return on investment and improvements in quality of life and experience, our leaders were propelled to apply LifeCourse broadly,” said Paige Bingham, Allina Health director of LifeCourse.
LifeCourse has expanded from focusing on critically ill patients after discharge from Abbott Northwestern Hospital to Allina Health care management, Givens Brain Tumor Clinic and Minneapolis Heart Institute. Additionally, LifeCourse has been implemented at NorthPoint Health & Wellness Center to address late-life care disparities in an underserved community.
“LifeCourse fulfills a critical need for innovative, upstream palliative care,” Bingham said.
LifeCourse was created using national palliative care guidelines and feedback from patients, caregivers, and providers. Lay healthcare workers, called care guides, meet with patients monthly in their homes. They work to understand patients’ goals and what matters most to them and connect them to medical and community-based resources.
Bingham will present the LifeCourse analysis April 21 in Orlando, Fla. at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement 18th Annual Summit on Improving Patient Care in the Office Practice and the Community. The LifeCourse Research Study was performed by Allina Health and funded by the Robina Foundation.