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Patient Wishes Should Guide End-of-Life Care, Researchers Say
Date:3/21/2013

each year, and one-third of the costs in the final year of life occur during the final month.

Previous research has shown that patient-centered care can reduce the costs in the last week of life by 36 percent and that patients who receive such care are less likely to die in an intensive care unit.

The researchers said that another way to encourage patient-centered care for dying patients is to include it as an accountability measure in the Joint Commission's annual ranking of U.S. hospitals. The commission accredits hospitals.

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The AGS Foundation for Health in Aging has more about end-of-life care.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: University of California, Los Angeles, news release, March 20, 2013


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