Hospice News

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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

3/7/2012
Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs

Family members tend to put good spin on bad news, which may lead to poor decisions, researchers say

3/5/2012
Heart Failure Patients Urged to Discuss Care With Docs

An open dialogue can inform decisions on treatment options

10/7/2011
Blood Infection Costliest U.S. Hospital Condition: Report

Septicemia treatment totaled $15.4 billion in 2009, agency says

10/4/2011
Advance Directives Might Curb Cost of End-of-Life Care

Study also found patients more likely to get hospice services

7/7/2011
Special Talk Therapy Seems to Help Dying Patients

'Dignity therapy' can enhance their quality of life and their dignity, study finds

5/18/2011
End-of-Life Care Differs Between U.S., Canada, Study Finds

Researchers say data comparison could help guide improvements in care

5/16/2011
Hospice Care More Common in Wealthier Areas, Study Finds

Communities with high household incomes, larger populations have more access to end-of-life care

4/18/2011
People With DNR Orders More Apt to Die After Any Surgery

Death and complication rate higher even in non-emergency procedures, study found

2/1/2011
For-Profit Hospices May Prefer Certain Types of Patients: Study

They're more likely to admit people that require less intense care, but a longer stay

1/28/2011
More People Choosing Hospice at Life's End

With focus on comfort, people often feel more in control, with less distress

1/28/2011
Woman's Life Refutes a Hospice Myth

More than 6 years after starting care, 91-year-old remains at home

1/20/2011
Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought

But it was common in cancer patients with other mood disorders, researchers found

1/19/2011
Many U.S. Hospices Provide Alternative Therapies: Report

Over 40% offer complementary services, such as massage, to improve end-of-life care, data shows

1/6/2011
Mentally Ill in Nursing Homes Often Lack Advance Care Plans

But they are among the groups that most need them, researchers say

11/2/2010
Study Casts Doubt on Hospice Admission Criteria for Patients With Dementia

Desire for comfort care should guide the decision, say experts

10/12/2010
Earlier Hospice Care Urged for Terminal Prostate Cancer

Waiting too late means less benefit for patients, families, experts suggest

9/29/2010
Leaving Hospice Prematurely May Hike Health Expenses

ER visits, hospitalizations, home care increase the tally almost five-fold, study finds

9/13/2010
Dying at Home Often Easier on Cancer Patients, Caregivers

Those left behind more likely to develop psychiatric problems if loved one dies in hospital, study finds

8/26/2010
Doctors' Religious Beliefs Can Color Their Care of Terminally Ill

Survey found agnostics, atheists almost twice as likely to make choices that hasten end of life

8/18/2010
Palliative Care May Boost Mood, Survival

Lung cancer patients had better quality of life, longer survival, study finds

5/14/2010
As End of Life Nears, What to Do With Implanted Defibrillators?

New guidelines help patients, doctors decide on removal to avoid unnecessary shocks

4/2/2010
Start Talking About Life's End Well in Advance

Though uncomfortable for some, conversations should be ongoing, too

3/16/2010
Pain Relief Often Delayed for Cancer Patients

Referrals to palliative care programs come too late, survey finds

3/8/2010
Blacks, Hispanics With Heart Failure Less Likely to Use Hospice

Despite increase in services, racial disparities persist, study finds

3/4/2010
Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked

Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

1/12/2010
Doctors Put Off End-of-Life Talks With Terminally Ill

Frank conversations about hospice and preferred place of death are often needed, experts say

12/31/2009
Her Music Eases the End for Dying Patients

Therapist brings songs and comfort to hospice patients and their families

12/18/2009
Spiritual Needs Rank High as Death From Cancer Nears

Being 'at peace with God' affects medical choices, study finds

10/14/2009
Families Need to Know When Dementia Becomes Terminal

Too often, onerous, futile medical interventions are ordered for these end-stage patients, researchers say

3/9/2009
Dying Feel Abandoned by Docs in the End

Continuity of care, closure important for dying, families and docs, study finds

12/22/2008
Rules Change Could Increase Hospice Use

Those who currently want it must give up aggressive treatments, researchers say

12/19/2008
Caregiving May Lengthen Life

Taking care of spouse decreases risk of death, study finds

10/7/2008
Patients Benefit From End-of-Life Discussions With a Doctor

Less likely to feel distress, more likely to enjoy better quality of life, study finds

10/2/2008
National Scorecard Ranks Palliative Care Across Country

Availability varies widely, and South comes out worst, researchers say

9/12/2008
Palliative Care Programs Could Boost Hospitals' Bottom Line

Better treatment of sickest patients can save more than $300 a day, study says

8/29/2008
End-of-Life Choices a Complicated Affair

Study shows family wishes, doctor preferences often enter into decisions

4/11/2008
While Hospice Care Is Growing, Not All Have Access

Wealthier, better-educated communities have more facilities offering the end-of-life care, study finds

2/5/2008
Cultural Beliefs May Keep Blacks From Hospice Care

Mistrust of medical system helps explain why many shun these services, survey finds

12/16/2007
Hospice: An Overlooked Option

The vast majority of Americans forgo valuable end-of-life care

12/2/2007
Breaking Down Barriers to End-of-Life Care for Children

Effective communication with doctors and respect for role of parents are key, survey finds

7/25/2007
End-of-Life Hospice Care Underused

Many of the dying gain access too late or not at all, experts say

1/7/2007
Hospitals Embrace the Hospice Model

The goal: Make the prospect of death as natural and comfortable as possible