Health

Hospices vary widely in prescribing of 'comfort kit' medications

When a person nearing the end of their life enters hospice care, their hospice agency's doctors may prescribe a "comfort kit" of small amounts of medications that their caregivers can give them in case of urgent, distressing ...

Alzheimer's disease & dementia

Medicare policy changes tied to drop in hospice use for dementia

Recent changes in Medicare policies are associated with reductions in the share of patients with an Alzheimer disease and related dementias (ADRD) code receiving hospice care, according to a study published online May 6 in ...

Medical economics

Disparities remain in end-of-life care in New Jersey

Minority patient groups—including those whose primary language is not English and those who have lower middle-income economic status—with a diagnosis of metastatic cancer, are less likely to receive end-of-life palliative ...

Health

What is palliative care? How is it different from hospice?

When most people hear the term palliative care, they look worried or confused. Introducing myself to patients and families as a palliative medicine physician, I commonly hear things like, "Does this mean I am dying?" or "I ...

Gerontology & Geriatrics

Unvaccinated staff eyed in rising nursing home cases, deaths

Lagging vaccination rates among nursing home staff are being linked to a national increase in COVID-19 infections and deaths at senior facilities, and are at the center of a federal investigation in a hard-hit Colorado location ...

Oncology & Cancer

Many youth with blood cancers receive intensive end-of-life care

(HealthDay)—Fifty-five percent of children, adolescents, and young adults with hematologic malignancies experience high-intensity end-of-life care (HI-EOLC), with an increased likelihood for those treated at medium or large ...

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