Posted Sunday, February 2, 2022
According to a study conducted by researchers from Northern Illinois University (NIU) and Seattle University, access to community-based palliative care increases the likelihood that seriously ill patients will die at home in accordance with their wishes. Hospices provide almost fifty present of home and community based palliative care.
“[The study findings] are especially relevant now because there’s the push by legislators for Medicare to cover these services,” study author M. Courtney Hughes, associate professor in the School of Health Studies at NIU, told Hospice News. “Put them together with the improvements in quality-of-life-related outcomes, there’s a strong case for implementing community based palliative care.”
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