Cardiology

Use of supportive palliative care lags for heart patients

While heart disease is the leading cause of death in the United States, relatively few of these patients receive a referral to palliative care focusing on quality of life and value-based treatment decisions.

Oncology & Cancer

A terrible choice: Cancer treatment or hospice care, but not both

Veterans Health Administration (VHA) hospitals offer something Medicare does not: In some cases, treatments meant to alter the course of a disease can be offered along with hospice care. Now Colorado researchers are looking ...

Health

Death doulas can fill care gaps at the end of life

With continual advances in modern medicine, we're enjoying longer lives. As the population ages, and particularly as many people are living longer with cancers and chronic diseases, end-of-life care is adapting and changing.

Cardiology

Heart failure patients enrolled in hospice use less health care

(HealthDay)—Patients with advanced heart failure enrolled in hospice have fewer emergency department visits, hospital days, and intensive care unit (ICU) stays, according to a study published in the September issue of JACC: ...

Health

Few hemodialysis patients on medicare enroll in hospice

(HealthDay)—Among Medicare beneficiaries on hemodialysis, few patients are enrolled in hospice at the end of life, regardless of the spending trajectory during the last year of life, according to a study published in the ...

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