Date of Award

Summer 2018

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Public Health (MPH)


Public Health

First Advisor

Judith Tupper


This capstone is in conjunction with a qualitative research study titled: “Defining High Quality End-of Life Care for Advanced Heart Failure Patients” conducted by Maine Medical Center Research Institute (MMCRI) staff, and led by palliative care attending, Dr. Rebecca Hutchinson. Their study is composed of 25 interviews with cardiologists that will be transcribed, analyzed, and findings will be compiled in a final publication.

The final product for this capstone is a set of recommendations for providers regarding end-of-life care for advanced heart failure patients including a review of common themes and benchmarks for quality improvement. This capstone can serve as a tool for providers who have patients with advanced heart failure recognize barriers and improve the quality and access to palliative care.