Families of patients dying of cancer believe their loved one had better care when they died in a hospice rather than in a hospital's intensive care unit, according to new research.
Earlier hospice enrollment, avoidance of ICU admissions within 30 days of death, and death occurring outside the hospital were associated with perceptions of better end-of-life care.
More than two-thirds of adolescents and young adults dying as a result of cancer underwent at least one aggressive intervention during the last month of life.
The strongest known predictor of whether a patient will enroll in hospice care is the individual physician the patient sees.
Unique characteristics of informal caregivers of patients with cancer that will ultimately help hospice providers.
Music, nature sounds, and the combination of both were effective in decreasing pain and anxiety in patients with cancer on hospice.
A prison environment is a challenging place in which to provide compassionate end-of-life care. The Louisiana correctional system looks within its walls for people who can handle the job.
A recent study demonstrates cost efficiencies seen in patients with cancer who enrolled in the Medicare hospice program. It also offers explanations for why more patients may not be using the program.
Researchers found that non-hospice patients used significantly more health care resources, mainly for acute conditions not directly related to their cancer.
Patients with ovarian cancer, despite an increasing use of hospital services, are more likely to enter hospice and less likely to die in the hospital, investigators found.
Findings among older patients with terminal ovarian cancer showed that an increase in hospice care did not offset intensive end-of-life care in older women.
For patients with cancer, late admission more likely for younger patients, married men, hematologic malignancies.
Recent research identified factors that increased the likelihood that clinicians would choose hospice care for themselves and examines how their preferences relate to the timing of end-of-life care discussions with patients.
Patients at the end of life often forego their resolve to die in their home, and visit an emergency department for care. A recent study sought to understand this decision.
Early end-of-life talks are associated with less aggressive care and greater use of hospice services when patients do reach their final days.
Patients with advanced cancer who discussed end-of-life care with their doctors earlier in the course of their illness had care that was less aggressive in their last month of life and were more likely to use hospice services.
Discussing EOL plans prior to last 30 days of life linked to less aggressive, more hospice care.
Learn how patients' perceptions of health care can have a significant influence on the effectiveness of cancer care and patient education.
Factors have been identified that affect a hospice cancer patient's ability to die in his or her setting of choice.
ASCO recommends offering palliative care to all patients with metastatic or advanced cancer, ideally at diagnosis.
A nurse-led palliative care intervention for persons newly diagnosed with metastatic cancer improved patients' emotional and mental quality of life.
Hospice offers care to people who are terminally ill and may no longer wish to undergo treatment. Learn more about who provides hospice care and what services are offered.
A number of variables can be used to estimate whether a person with advanced cancer who is no longer being treated for the disease will live for days, weeks, or months.
A form of psychotherapy that is intended to relieve distress for dying patients and their families showed great effectiveness in a recent study.
At the end of life, US Medicare patients with lung cancer make much more use of chemotherapy than do their counterparts in Ontario, but Canadians are much more likely to be hospitalized.
The patient's daughter had been through the discharge process before. But she struggled with accepting her recurrent feelings. The nurse did, too.
Palliative treatments, death outside of the hospital, and involvement by a palliative care team all improve the end-of-life experience for persons with head and neck cancer.
Where patients spend their final days has an impact on the quality of life at the end of their life, as well as their caregivers' mental health after their death.
Disparities in hospice use among patients are not likely due to lack of access, according to a study published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine.
Hospice programs in Oregon do not fully participate in physician-assisted death, according to a study published in the Hasting Center Report (40, no. 5 (2010): 26-35).
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