Hospice News

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11/16/2017
9/12/2017
Many May Get Hospice Care Too Late

Study suggests that most end-of-life care occurs in final 2 weeks

7/5/2017
Do Blacks, Hispanics Get Low Quality Hospice Care?

Caregiver survey finds disparities between minority and white patients

3/14/2017
'No One Dies Alone' Program Offers Comfort at Life's End

For patients without loved ones, volunteers fill in when death approaches

2/6/2017
Terminally Ill Obese People Less Likely to Get Hospice Care

And those who did get end-of-life services had fewer days than slimmer patients, study finds

2/6/2017
Undocumented Immigrants Often Face Tough Health Care Choices

Two U.S. studies find them unable to get adequate kidney dialysis and end-of-life care

10/10/2016
Study Finds Fault With ICU Treatment of Dementia Patients

Hospitals put too many on ventilators, adding to their suffering and treatment costs, researchers say

7/5/2016
Doctor-Assisted Deaths Didn't Soar After Legalization

Loss of independence, not pain, is the main driver, study finds

6/30/2016
Video May Aid End-of-Life Decision-Making

Brief film helped heart failure patients understand their options, study says

6/27/2016
Type of Disease May Dictate End-of-Life Care

Cancer and dementia patients get more access to palliative care, VA study finds

6/6/2016
Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

5/18/2016
Early Palliative Care Seems to Help Caregivers, Too

Such programs improve quality of life for folks caring for terminal cancer patients, study finds

3/28/2016
Cancer Patients Who Choose to Die at Home Live Longer: Study

They and their families should make choice based on preference, researchers say

2/8/2016
Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

Findings led to an increase in Medicare payments to improve care, researchers say

1/19/2016
Terminal Cancer Patients in U.S. Less Likely to Die in Hospitals

Study compares end-of-life practices in seven countries

1/19/2016
Doctors Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life, Studies Reveal

Findings suggest they understand limits of modern medicine better than the patients they treat do

1/19/2016
Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

Doctors need to heed preferences of patients, prepare for end of life sooner, experts say

12/31/2015
Families of Critically Ill Patients Need Extra Support, Too

Tips for coping when a loved one is in the ICU

12/21/2015
End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients

Study found most lymphoma, leukemia specialists don't discuss hospice care until death is imminent

10/9/2015
Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds

Patients and loved ones found greater comfort spending final days together in familiar place

7/9/2015
No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study

A second study finds many younger cancer patients still receive treatment, even as they near death

6/8/2015
Doctors Can Influence End-of-Life Care

Terminally ill patients of physicians who frequently refer to hospice more likely to choose it, study says

5/26/2015
Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care

5/6/2015
Nursing Homes Using Hospice Care More, But at a Cost

Spending increased about $6,800 for those getting end-of-life comfort care, study says

2/9/2015
Researchers Identify 8 Signs of Impending Death

Findings could help families prepare and aid in end-of-life care choices

2/2/2015
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year

Study finds significant increase in symptoms, despite efforts to improve end-of-life care

11/11/2014
Cancer Patients in Hospice Face Less Aggressive Treatment: Study

More health care strategies and costs seen for non-hospice patients at end of life

11/3/2014
Many Americans May Get Hospice Care Too Late

A third die within a week of beginning palliative care, experts say

11/3/2014
End-of-Life Care Discussions May Miss Patient Priorities

Care preferences, prognosis, values, fears important to the ill and their family

10/15/2014
Parenthood May Push Cancer Patients to Seek More Treatment

They may choose aggressive therapy in attempt to have more time with children, study finds

7/16/2014
Antibiotics Often Prescribed Needlessly for Terminally Ill, Study Finds

Overuse of these drugs in hospice patients raises concerns about side effects, other issues

7/7/2014
Choosing Hospice Care Isn't Always Easy

Best time to check out options is before you need them, suggests expert

6/4/2014
Many With Heart Failure Aren't Told About End-of-Life Care: Study

Survey found nearly a third of health-care providers lacked confidence to discuss the topic with patients

12/16/2013
Doctor's View of Hospice Influences Talks With Patients, Study Finds

If physicians are more likely to opt for this type of care for themselves, they're more likely to discuss it

12/10/2013
Most Americans Don't Deal With End-of-Life Issues, Study Finds

Lack of awareness was most common reason cited for not having a living will

7/8/2013
Disability Often Goes Hand-in-Hand With Old Age

Study findings should serve as wake-up call for U.S. and its aging population, experts say

5/20/2013
Study Links Coffee to Lower Risk for Rare Liver Disease

Separate report calls for more hospice care for terminal cirrhosis patients

4/24/2013
U.S. Heart Failure Costs Could Skyrocket: Report

Better awareness, prevention and treatment are crucial, experts say

4/10/2013
Physician-Assisted Suicide Program Rarely Used, Study Finds

Terminally ill patients in Washington state not rushing to get lethal prescriptions or use them

4/1/2013
Doctors Don't Ask About End-of-Life Plans, Study Finds

Many patients' charts don't reflect their final wishes, Canadian researchers say

3/27/2013
Too Few Americans Pass Last Days in Hospice Care: CDC

Report highlights need for alternative care at end of life, expert says

2/5/2013
Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late, Study Finds

Almost a third of patients didn't get palliative care until final three days of life, often after ICU stay

12/20/2012
Palliative Care Eases Suffering for Seniors at End of Life: Study

Such patients in long-term care were less depressed, had fewer ER visits

11/13/2012
Later End-of-Life Discussions May Mean More Aggressive Treatment

Study suggests earlier talks might contribute to care aimed at easing suffering

10/24/2012
Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds

Doctors must improve their message, researchers say

10/2/2012
Use of Medicare Skilled Nursing Benefit Is High at End of Life: Study

Financial concerns may deter many from using hospice provision, researchers say

8/16/2012
Older Americans Living Longer, But Becoming More Obese

Government report on seniors also found more working women, higher housing costs

6/29/2012
Minorities Less Likely to Use Hospice Care: Study

Finding suggests there are differences that need to be addressed, researcher says

6/21/2012
Rare Drug-Resistant Bacteria Spotted in U.S. Hospital

Swift treatment, stronger infection control prevented spread

6/14/2012
Fatigue in COPD Patients Often Precedes Hospitalization: Study

Low energy is common in people with the respiratory condition