A single-blind, randomized clinical trial of ED-initiated palliative care consultation for patients with advanced cancer showed a significant improvement in quality of life as measured by a change in the FACT-G score at 12 weeks.

Median survival was also nearly 5 months longer in the intervention group but this was not found to be statistically significant.

The FACT-G (Functional Assessment of Cancer Therapy-General Measure) score is a validated 27 question assessment that measures quality of life by assessing patients’ physical, social, emotional, and functional well-being.