Cardia Patients Less Likely to Receive Hospice, Palliative Care Referrals

Posted on Monday, June 3, 2019 1:28 AM

According to a recent study, cardiac patients are less likely to be referred to hospice or palliative care than patients with other conditions like cancer. 

“In the study, data analysis from records of 1,801 cardiovascular patients receiving care between 2015 and 2017 from 16 health care organizations, showed that palliative care referrals from cardiologists dropped to 10.5% from 16.5%.

Referrals of cardiovascular patients by general medicine physicians rose to 52.9% in 2017 from 43.2% in 2015; nevertheless, researchers found that referrals for heart patients lagged considerably behind those for patients with other illnesses.”

There are numerous factors that account for this difference, but two of the main ones are:

  • Cardiologists are less knowledgeable and hospice and palliative care than an Oncologist
  • In cardiology, it is harder to give a prognosis due to the nature of the disease

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