Acute palliative care units, mainly managed by palliative specialists, reduce ICU use and mortality, and are effective and cost-efficient for treating patients with terminal illnesses or advanced chronic conditions, according to a study from Montefiore Medical Center in New York City. The study, to be published in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine, found the rate of ICU use by Medicare cancer patients in the final month of life was lower at Montefiore, compared with rates at 137 other U.S. academic medical centers.

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