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Date:2/11/2010

onger because they went to a more intensive hospital.

"Ongoing controversies about the utility and cost effectiveness of life-sustaining treatment for individual patients will not be solved by this study. However, our findings support the strategy of hospitals 'moving toward the middle,' when it comes to life-sustaining interventions," said Dr. Barnato.

Co-authors include Chung-Chou Chang, Ph.D., Max H. Farrell, S.B., Judith R. Lave, Ph.D., Mark S. Roberts, M.D., and Derek Angus, M.D., all with the University of Pittsburgh.

The study was funded by the National Institutes of Health's National Institute on Aging.


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