These articles are intended to provide our professional healthcare partners and clinicians with useful information about hospice, end-of-life care, and related issues.
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By treating referral for hospice care as a quality measure, an Ohio healthcare system has seen the doubling of the hospice LOS among cancer patients.
A simple prognostic model based on performance status has predictive ability that is similar to more complex models in patients with advanced cancer.
Medical professionals need to be responsible for their own care. An honest assessment of your ability to cope with loss can help determine the right next steps for you.
Patients newly enrolled in hospice close to hospital discharge were found to be at low risk for rehospitalization within 30 days. Read here to learn more.
Approximately 25% of patients hospitalized for decompensated heart failure (HF) are readmitted within 30 days of discharge, making HF the leading cause for 30-day all-cause readmissions in the U.S.
For caregivers dealing with loved ones with end-stage terminal illness, hospice services provide physical and emotional support for patients, caregivers and loved ones.
Because the role of hospice is to ensure in-home support and the most appropriate care possible for patients and families coping with terminal illness, collaboration between hospice and EMS benefits everyone.
The widespread use of NBTs has repercussions that affect the sustainability of health services and perpetuate unrealistic expectations of survival, note the authors.
More than two-thirds of patients with advanced cancer had survival expectations that did not match the estimates of their oncologists, with most patients being more optimistic.
When we work as your partner, VITAS leverages our technology, staff and experience to transition your sickest patients from hospital to wherever they call home. Then we provide the support necessary to improve quality of life, manage symptoms and prevent readmissions.
Death is a process, not an event. Appropriate care requires ongoing recognition, assessment and response. Hospice can add to a nursing home resident’s end-of-life goals and to its staff’s end-of-life expertise.
U.S. regions with the highest rates of intensive care for terminally ill patients in the last six months of life also have the highest rate of very short hospice enrollments.
While patients, their family members and healthcare professionals (HCPs) all identify the same three themes of a good death as most important, for some other elements of “successful dying,” the perspectives of these groups tend to diverge.
Hospice, with expanded alternatives such as inpatient units or continuous home care for transitioning end-of-life patients, may better serve your ED while allowing patients and families to regard your facility as efficient and more responsive to their needs.
In a first-of-its-kind study, older patients from several major U.S. ethnic minority groups identified barriers to the kind of care they would prefer at life’s end.
The Medicare hospice benefit belongs to the patient, who voluntarily signs up for hospice with the understanding that he will receive palliative care in lieu of curative care for his terminal illness. The patient must revoke the benefit if he decides to receive curative care.
Studies in recent years reveal an increasing trend in the U.S. toward shorter hospice stays and greater intensity of care in the last months of life.
Family members were more likely to rate their loved ones’ end-of-life care as “excellent” when patients were enrolled in hospice for longer than three days, died outside of the hospital and were not admitted to an intensive care unit (ICU) within the final month of life.
With the aging of the American
population and continuing technological
advances in life-sustaining interventions,
many patients will be incapacitated
when complex end-of-life treatment
decisions are called for.
The word 'hospice' is surrounded by mystery and misconception. In reality, it is a natural, gentle, compassionate intervention for a vulnerable population, says Dr. Eric Shaban, VITAS Regional Medical Director.
By identifying appropriate patients early in the emergency department cycle and promptly referring them to palliative care or hospice, we offer them better lives.
A report shows that residents in nursing homes with higher rates of hospice penetration have a reduced risk of being hospitalized in the last 30 days of life.
Patients with an accurate understanding of chemotherapy are more likely to enroll in hospice, according to a report.
Uncertainties with heart failure pose an obstacle to ensuring quality end-of-life care for end-stage patients, according to a paper published in the Journal of Geriatric Cardiology.
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