Studies

Dr. Kathleen Unroe’s study compares hospice care in nursing homes, assisted living facilities and patient homes

Indianapolis, IN (Indiana University) March 23, 2017 A new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute has found only minimal differences in the intensity of hospice services provided in nursing homes as compared to…

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Family Physicians Fill Palliative Care Gap

Washington, DC (Graham Center Research) March 15, 2017 by Michael Laff Family physicians are filling the gap in providing palliative care to an aging population that continues to grow, according to a recent study. Researchers at the Robert Graham Center…

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STUDY: Dying patients who received palliative care visited the ER less

DotMed.com – February 22, 2017 Community-based palliative care — care delivered at home, not the hospital — was associated with a 50 percent reduction in emergency department visits for patients in their last year of life. The results of an…

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ASTRO Guideline Update on Palliative Radiation for Bone Mets

Source: MedScape.com – February 21, 2017 by Kristin Jenkins An updated guideline on the use of palliative radiation therapy for bone metastases from the American Society for Radiation Oncology (ASTRO) continues to support pain relief equivalency between single- and multiple-fraction…

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Study: Heavier Patients Get Less Hospice Care

(MedPage Today) February 06, 2017 by Kristen Monaco Increasing obesity status was tied to less hospice use among community-dwelling individuals during the last 6 months of life, according to a retrospective cohort study. An analysis of data from the Health…

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Updated ASCO Guidelines Stress Early Start to Palliative Care

The time to start palliative care is as soon as a patient’s cancer becomes advanced, emphasize the authors of the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) Clinical Practice Guideline Update. The Update was published online October 31 as a Special…

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U.S. Hospitals Fall Short On Palliative Care Staffing

Research has shown palliative care has helped to improve patient outcomes and reduce medical costs, however many hospitals still refrain from implementing palliative care programs or properly instituting them, according to the findings of a new study. However, only a…

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Hospice care improves patient experience – Business Insider

A new study adds to evidence that hospice care during the last six months of life is associated with better overall experiences for patients and a lower likelihood of dying in a hospital. “Consistent with other studies demonstrating benefit, the…

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