End-of-Life research

New Research Validates That Hospice Saves Medicare Dollars

New research published in the March issue of Health Affairs found that hospice enrollment saves money for Medicare and improves care quality for Medicare beneficiaries with a number of different lengths of services. Hospice lowers costs, improves quality of care

Patients live longer under hospice

In this study, hospice patients (particularly those with specific cancer and congestive heart failure diagnoses) lived longer than non-hospice patients. Patients live longer

Widows/widowers benefit if their spouse received hospice services

Research indicates that hospice reduces the risk of death in widows and widowers after the death of their spouse. Widows/widowers benefit

Hospice helps people with dementia

"Bereaved family members of people with dementia who received hospice reported higher perceptions of the quality of care and quality of dying." People with dementia benefit

Hospice care in nursing home provides benefits

Hospice care in nursing homes provides many benefits, according to researchers with the Department of Health Policy at the Harvard Medical School. Hospice care in nursing homes

Caregivers at risk when loved ones die in hospitals

"Bereaved caregivers of terminally ill cancer patients who died in hospitals or intensive care units (ICUs) are at increased risk for developing psychiatric problems... according to a study published in the Journal of Clinical Oncology." Caregivers at risk

Families less happy when their family member referred late

Families who perceived that their loved ones were referred to hospice "too late" were less happy with the end-of-life care of their family member. Consequences of late hospice referrals

Care varies for elderly patients with cancer

How elderly patients with poor prognosis cancer are cared for varies depending on where they live and receive care. "The report demonstrates that many hospitals and physicians aggressively treat patients with curative attempts they may not want, at the expense of improving the quality of their last weeks and months."  Dartmouth Atlas Report on Cancer Care

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