Fischer et al used the CARING criteria to identify patients who may be candidates for palliative care. The authors are from the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center in Denver.
CARING is an acronym for:
(C) cancer as primary diagnosis
(A) hospital admissions >= 2 within the past year for chronic illness
(R) residence in a nursing home
(I) intensive care unit (ICU) admission with multi-organ failure
(NG) meeting >= 2 noncancer hospice guidelines of the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO)
An additional factor impacting survival is the patient's age.
nursing home resident
< 55 years
> 75 years
total score =
= SUM(points for all of the criteria)
• minimum score: 0
• maximum score: 41
Probability of Death in 1 Year
5 to 12
17.5 to 48%
To read more or access our algorithms and calculators, please log in or register.