Study: Religious support affects where cancer patients die

05/7/2013 | MedPage Today (free registration)

The likelihood of dying in an ICU increased fivefold and chances of dying in a hospice decreased among terminal cancer patients who had strong religious community support, compared with those who had little support, Dana-Farber Cancer Center researchers reported in JAMA Internal Medicine. Patients who had strong spiritual support from their religious community and also from their medical team, however, had higher hospice use, less aggressive end-of-life care and fewer ICU deaths, the study found.

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