Fewer palliative care patients use ER in final 3 months, study finds

09/3/2013 | ScienceNetwork WA (Australia)

A study of 746 adults who died of cancer found 31% of those who had access to palliative care used hospital emergency departments in the last three months of life, compared with 52% who did not receive community-based palliative care services, Curtin University researchers reported in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. "If a person gets that home-based palliative care early enough they are more likely to be able to stay in their homes and be cared for in their homes than having to go into the emergency department," said researcher Beverley McNamara.

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