Before SCT

After SCT

□ Percentage of Patients Dying in Hospice ■ Days in Hospice

□ Unplanned Admissions or Emergency Department Visits

□ Pharmaceutical Costs (Average $ cost per patient per day)

figure 14.2. The positive impact on patients and caregivers of Project Safe Conduct emerges in several areas, based on preliminary data comparing these patients with lung cancer patients receiving care at Ireland Cancer Center (ICC) 1 year before the introduction of the Safe Conduct Team (SCT).

Seventy-five percent of SCT patients died at home, where most patients prefer to be at the end of life. Average per-day pharmaceutical costs dropped from $60.90

per patient to $18.45. Caregivers of SCT patients reported reduced burdens in interviews conducted after the death of their loved one.

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