Early Palliative Care May Lead to Better Quality of Life and Longer Survival in Some Patients, Study Finds

"In a study that sheds new light on the effects of end-of-life care, doctors have found that patients with terminal lung cancer who began receiving palliative care immediately upon diagnosis not only were happier, more mobile and in less pain as the end neared — but they also lived nearly three months longer." the New York Times article... http://www.nytimes.com/2010/08/19/health/19care.html?_r=0

To view the actual study: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1000678

Palliative Care Improves Patient Satisfaction

In Home Palliative Care can increase patient satisfaction while reducing use of medical services and costs of medical care at the end of life.

View the study here: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/17608870

Palliative Care Reduces Hospitalizations

Multiple models of Home Palliative Care can reduce hospitalizations, emergency department visits and the likelihood of dying in the hospital.

View the study here: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3496

End-of-Life Care for Elderly Often Too Aggressive, Study Says

"For many patients, hospice is an 'add-on' to a very aggressive pattern of care during the last days of life," Dr. Joan Teno, professor of health services policy and practice at Brown University, said in a written statement, "I suspect this is not what patients want."

To read more on this study, please see: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/end-of-life-care-for-elderly-often-too-aggressive-study-says/