ALEXANDRIA, Va., Nov. 10 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- November is National Hospice/Palliative Care Month and in honor of this time of expanded awareness, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization released updated facts and figures about hospice care in the U.S.
Statistics Indicate Growth
Annually, NHPCO reports on hospice trends and provides updated
information on the field. Newly released data reflecting 2007 usage of
hospice, indicates that:
-- 38.8 percent of all deaths in the U.S. were under the care of hospice,
up from 35 percent the previous year.
-- 1.4 million people with a life-limiting illness received care from the
nation's 4,700 hospice providers.
-- Average length of service increased to 67.4 days (from 59.8 days in
-- 30.8 percent of those served by hospice died or were discharged in seven
days or less.
-- 13.1 percent of those served died or were discharged in 180 days or
Non-Cancer Diagnoses Account for More Patients
Additionally, the top five diagnoses among hospice patients reported by
NHPCO show the continued trend of less cancer patients among those served.
Non-cancer diagnoses accounted for 58.7 percent of patients last year. The
top five diagnoses seen in hospice for 2007 are as follows:
Cancer 41.3 percent
Heart Disease 11.8 percent
Debility unspecified 11.2 percent
Dementia, includes Alzheimer's 10.1 percent
Lung Disease 7.9 percent
Hospice Patients Live Longer on Average
Hospice care may prolong the lives of some terminally ill patients. In
a recent study, the mean survival was 29 days longer for hospice patients
than for non-hospice patients. Researchers studied 4,493 terminally ill
patients with either congestive heart failure or cancer of the breast,
|SOURCE National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization|
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