Nov / Dec 2017 / Jan 2018 Newsletter

Gap Persists in U.S. Between End-of-Life Care Desired and Care Received

One in eight bereaved family members report that the care their loved ones received in the last month of life was not in concordance with their preferences. Such perceived inconsistent care is likely to be accompanied by reports of a higher percentage of unmet symptoms needs and poor communication with patients/families in the last month of life, but is less likely to occur among patients who die at home.

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Aug / Sept / Oct 2017 Newsletter

Many Family Physicians See Themselves as Providers of Palliative Care

One-third of US family physicians report providing palliative care as part of their routine practice, although this provision varies widely by geographic region, physician characteristics, and care settings according to a research letter published in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine.

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May / Jun / Jul 2017 Newsletter

Hospice Delivers Optimized Quality of Care, Improves Survival for Patients with Lung Cancer

For patients with non-small cell lung cancer (NSCLC) – the most common form of lung cancer and one of the leading cause of cancer-related death in the US – enrollment in hospice not only decreases the likelihood of receiving aggressive care at the end of life and of dying in the hospital, it may also have a survival benefit, according to findings in the the Journal of Palliative Medicine.

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Nov / Dec / Jan 2016/17 Newsletter

Hospice Care Linked to Improved Outcomes, Better Patient Experience, National Study Finds

Enrollment in hospice during the last six months of life is associated with improved patient satisfaction and pain control, as well as fewer hospital days and fewer rates of hospital and intensive care unit (ICU) mortality among Medicare patients, according to a report published in BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care.

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