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ACHC Trivia Challenge Week 7: The Comprehensive Assessment

October 23, 2020, by Kelly Olmeda


  1. The Hospice IDG must complete the comprehensive assessment within ___ calendar days after the election of hospice care (admission).      Answer: 5
     The initial nursing assessment must be completed within 48 hours, but the comprehensive assessment includes input from other core disciplines and must be completed within 5 days.
  2. The comprehensive assessment must identify the physical, psychosocial, emotional, and ___ needs related to the terminal illness that must be addressed in order to promote the patient’s comfort and dignity.     Answer: Spiritual
    Spiritual needs are assessed at admission, are assessed in more detail by the Social Worker, and will be addressed again by a hospice Chaplain if a referral for Pastoral Care Services is requested.
  3. The comprehensive assessment must take into consideration the following factors:     Answer: All of the above
    The condition causing the hospice admission and imminence of death, risk factors that affect care planning, the Patient’s functional status, and the severity of symptoms
  4. The comprehensive assessment includes a detailed review of all of the patient’s prescription and over-the-counter drugs, as well as herbal remedies and alternative treatments.     Answer: True
  5. The comprehensive assessment must include an initial bereavement assessment that must be incorporated into the plan of care. This bereavement assessment must contain all of the following except:
    Answer: The name and contact information for the place of worship that the family/patient attends, if any
    While this may be helpful, it is not required.
    Important Note: A Bereavement Risk Score is determined by the Social Worker during their initial assessment and is intended to assess how the family might cope with loss and grief in preparation for bereavement services following death. This includes social, spiritual, and cultural factors that may complicate the grieving process, possibly prompting referrals for pre-bereavement counseling or other professional services such as mental health providers. A missing Bereavement Risk Score is one of the most common survey deficiencies.

Thanks for playing along! Check out Week 8: The IDG!