May / Jun / July 2018 Newsletter

Most Bereaved Family Members Rate Hospice Highly, Especially for Care at Home Rather Than a Nursing Home

Nearly 90% of family caregivers rate the hospice care their deceased loved ones received as very good or excellent, with relatives of those receiving care at home or in an assisted living facility (ALF) more likely to give an excellent rating than those whose loves ones were cared for in a nursing home (NH), according to a report published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society.

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Feb / Mar / Apr 2018 Newsletter

Racial Disparity Gap in End-of-Life Care Narrowing, but Improvements in Overall Care Needed

Although family perceptions of the quality of care received by both black and white patients in the last month of life did not differ by race among those cared for by hospice, fewer black patients than whites were enrolled in hospice between 2011 and 2015. Further, black patients overall were more likely than whites to die in the hospital, particularly in an ICU, and less likely to die at home, according to a report published in JAMA Internal Medicine.

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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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