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Table 3 Primary and secondary outcomes

From: Behavioral economic implementation strategies to improve serious illness communication between clinicians and high-risk patients with cancer: protocol for a cluster randomized pragmatic trial

Primary outcome Patient population Description Ascertainment
SIC documentation High-risk patients Measured at patient level as binary outcome, defined by the presence of a documented note within the electronic medical record (EMR) using a standardized SIC template 6-month period following index clinical encounter
Secondary outcomes Patient population Description Ascertainment
SIC documentation All patients Measured at patient level as binary outcome, defined as above 6-month period following index clinical encounter
Palliative care referral High-risk patients Measured at patient level as binary outcome, defined as encounter with palliative care clinician
Aggressive end-of-life care High-risk decedents Measured at patient level as a binary outcome, defined as including any of:
- Chemotherapy within 14 days before death
- Hospitalization within 30 days before death
- Admission to hospice 3 days or less before death