Project Term: 24 months; 2018-2020
Grant Amount: $79,785
This project will develop partnerships which enable Montana critical access hospitals to provide primary palliative care services. Many Montanans are living with serious and life-limiting illnesses in rural settings with limited access to palliative care services. Most critical access hospitals in Montana do not offer palliative care services and challenges associated with providing palliative care in rural areas are well documented. The goal of this project is to provide palliative care education to rural health care providers and improve access to palliative care for rural dwellers who are living with serious and life-limiting illnesses. Partners include the Family Medicine Residency program of Western Montana and four critical access hospitals in western Montana.