A Better Way

LifeCourse achieves positive change through real life experiences and results-based outcomes.

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Why LifeCourse

Why LifeCourse?

Seven out of 10 Americans will die from serious illness with an end-of-life period that can be drawn out over years, not just weeks or months. Too often, serious illness care is fragmented and doesn’t support our nonmedical needs.

LifeCourse is a late life supportive care approach that helps individuals and families navigate serious illness. It is part of a system strategy for addressing  complex, serious illness so that we can be more responsive as a health system to the things that matter most to individuals navigating the challenges of late life.

Why LifeCourse

Better care. Better outcomes.

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Participant Outcomes

LifeCourse participants’ quality of life remains stable or declines at a slower rate and they have more positive care experiences than individuals receiving usual care.

“I don’t turn over the ownership of my disease to the doctor. You know, the doctors, they have the expertise, but I still live it, so I feel it’s our responsibility to be able to interpret not only what it means for us in a medical sense, but what it means in a life sense as well.” – LifeCourse Participant

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Caregiver Outcomes

Quality of life for key friends and family participating in LifeCourse remains stable or decreases at a slower rate and they have more positive experiences compared to key friends and family of individuals receiving usual care.

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Caregiver Outcomes

Quality of life for key friends and family participating in LifeCourse remains stable or decreases at a slower rate and they have more positive experiences compared to key friends and family of individuals receiving usual care.

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System Outcomes

LifeCourse participants utilize community and inpatient palliative care services more frequently, have fewer inpatient days, have increased advance directive completion and choose to enroll in hospice at an increased rate than that of individuals receiving usual care.

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Events and Media

IAGG World Congress The 21st IAGG World Congress of Gerontology and Geriatrics (IAGG)—taking place in San Francisco, California on July 23-27, ... more Allina Health Offers Life Lessons for the Dying by Glenn Howatt June 17, 2016 - Glenn Howatt of the Star Tribune writes about the impact of LifeCourse on individuals dealing with the challe ... more

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