Posted on February 6, 2013 at 6:57 AM
people aged 66 or older who died in 2000, 2005, or 2009. They looked at
where seniors died, what medical services were provided during their last 90
days of life, and how long they received them.
are increasingly doing so for very few days right after being in intensive
care. “For many patients, hospice is an ‘add-on’ to a very aggressive
pattern of care during the last days of life.” “
going from the ICU to hospice is that “these dying patients are getting symptom control
late and can’t benefit as much from the psychosocial supports available were
there a longer hospice stay.” The authors blame both poor
communication and financial incentives.