Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Surprising improvements in end-of-life care

Most folks wish to pass from this life in a home-like environment surrounded by loved ones. But in the past, most of us were whisked off to the hospital. Hospice care has had a huge impact by improving end of life care and honoring our wishes. This improvement is now showing up in population studies of terminally ill cancer patients.
In a recent study of end-of-life care around the world, "the U.S. had what would be considered positive rankings in several areas, refuting the widely held perception that end-of-life care in the U.S. is among the worst in the world. Only 22% of U.S. patients died in a hospital as compared to 51% of patients in Belgium and 52% of patients in Canada – ¾ the countries at the other end of the spectrum. Hospital stays for U.S. patients averaged 10 days in the last six months of life, as compared to 28 in Belgium and 25 in Norway – ¾ the countries with the highest average number of hospital days.

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