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News: Poor care for terminal cancer patients widespread

Case Management Weekly, April 18, 2012

In a study that surprised its researchers, National Cancer Institute-designated hospitals as well as academic centers provided their dying oncology patients the same low level of palliative, comfort care or hospice services as community hospitals, according to research by the Dartmouth Atlas Project.

The Project looked at cancer care provided to 215,000 Medicare beneficiaries with advanced metastatic disease at 4,400 facilities. The period examined was between 2003 to 2007.

Overall 30.2% of these terminal patients died in the hospital instead of at home or in a hospice facility, 65% were hospitalized at some point during their last month of life, and 24.7% were treated in the intensive care unit during the last month of life.

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