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Combining Best Practices and Patient, Caregiver, and Healthcare Provider Perspectives for Late-Life Supportive Care: LifeCourse

Anderson, Eric W. MD; Frazer, Monica S. PhD; Schellinger, Sandra E. MSN, NP-C

JONA: The Journal of Nursing Administration: November 2017 - Volume 47 - Issue 11 - p 551–557
doi: 10.1097/NNA.0000000000000542

Healthcare systems seek effective ways to support and treat the growing number of individuals living with serious illness. The nature of these care episodes challenges delivery systems to attain proficiency in dealing with the multiplicity of chronic conditions in individuals and populations through understanding and attending to patients’ medical and nonmedical aspects of health. This article describes LifeCourse, a healthcare approach that provides palliative care practices to patients with serious illness years prior to death.

Author Affiliations: Principal Investigator (Dr Anderson), Senior Research Scientist (Dr Frazer), Clinical Coinvestigator (Ms Schellinger), Division of Applied Research, Allina Health, Minneapolis, Minnesota.

The authors declare no conflicts of interest.

Correspondence: Ms Schellinger, 2925 Chicago Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55407 (

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