Hospice care linked to higher family satisfaction
(Reuters Health) – Families of terminally ill cancer patients may be more satisfied with the end-of-life treatment their loved ones receive when it involves hospice care, a recent study suggests.
Researchers examined interview data from 1,970 family members of deceased cancer patients. The patients all had advanced lung or colorectal cancer, and roughly half had received hospice care.
Hospice was associated with better symptom relief, attainment of pain-management goals, and quality of end-of-life care, the study found. Families of patients who received at least 30 days of hospice care reported the highest quality of life outcomes…
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