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Study: Hospice Continues to be Under Utilized by Heart Failure Patients

Posted on Sunday, September 9, 2018 8:22 PM

In a study published in The Journal of the American Medical Association, patients with heart failure are rarely referred to hospice and when they are it is usually within days of their death. 

Twenty-five per cent of heart failure patients discharged to hospice die within three days, without being able to take full advantage of the hospice benefit. 

“Studies have showed that hospice is associated with improved symptom management and overall improved satisfaction,” Shunichi Nakagawa and A. Reshad Garan, doctors from Columbia University, wrote in a JAMA editorial accompanying the study. “Dying at home with hospice — in a familiar environment, surrounded by loved ones, without burdensome symptoms — is commonly accepted as the best-case end-of-life scenario overall.”

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