Discussions on end-of-life issues improve quality of life, save $$$

July 2009
Hospice Management Advisor;Jul2009, Vol. 14 Issue 7, p73
The article presents a study which investigates the impact of talking about end-of-life issues to patients and their caregivers. Result shows that conversations on end-of-life issues with patients and family members can reduce unnecessary health care expenditures and improve quality of life. Moreover, they found out that family members are better prepared and handle bereavement more easily when the physician or nurse can talk about end-of-life options.


Related Articles

  • The PhoenixCare Program. Lockhart, Carol; Volk-Craft, Barbara E.; Hamilton, Gillian; Aiken, Leona S.; Williams, Frank G. // Journal of Palliative Medicine;Dec2003, Vol. 6 Issue 6, p1001 

    In response to a perceived need for patient access to palliative care and supportive services prior to hospice eligibility, Phoenix-based Hospice of the Valley (HOV) applied for and received a 3-year demonstration grant (1999–2001) from The Robert Wood Johnson (RWJ) Promoting Excellence...

  • THE CHOICE TO DIE AT HOME. Agnew, Thelma // Nursing Older People;Nov2006, Vol. 18 Issue 10, p6 

    The article focuses on issues relate to end-of-life care programs in Great Britain. In October 2006, the government introduced the Dignity in Care programme for older people. Under the program, the government will fund a £50 million initiative for the renovation of hospice buildings and a...

  • Doctors Need Doctors Too. Srivastava, Ranjana // JAMA: Journal of the American Medical Association;2/22/2006, Vol. 295 Issue 8, p866 

    The article describes the experience of a young doctor in treating a terminally ill 80 year-old physician in a hospice. The author expresses fear of being tested by the much older and knowledgeable doctor only to discover that the old man not only needs but wants to be treated as a patient,...

  • End-of-life care: nurses' experiences in caring for dying patients with profound learning disabilities-a descriptive case study. Li, S.; Ng, J. // Palliative Medicine;Dec2008, Vol. 22 Issue 8, p949 

    This qualitative study identifies areas of expertise and deficits in the specific knowledge and practical skills of nurses in the care of dying patients with profound learning disabilities in one NHS Primary Care Trust in the UK. In response to these findings, we have developed a simple...

  • Quality-of-life assessment in a palliative care setting in Germany: An outcome evaluation. Jocham, Hubert R.; Dassen, Theo; Widdershoven, Guy; Halfens, Ruud J. G. // International Journal of Palliative Nursing;Jul2009, Vol. 15 Issue 7, p338 

    Quality-of-life (QoL) assessment is crucial for the evaluation of a palliative care outcome. This article investigates the applicability of the European Organisation for Research and Treatment of Cancer Quality of Life Questionnaire (EORTC QLQ-C30) on a German sample of terminally ill cancer...

  • St. Joseph's new Palliative Care Unit opens. Acton, Ryann // Business Journal (Central New York);8/4/2006, Vol. 20 Issue 31, p1B 

    The article reports that St. Joseph's Hospital Health Center at its new Palliative Care Unit (PCU) presents support and comfort to the terminally ill patients and their families. The PCU offers support to the dying patients and their families. The focus of the PCU is to encourage the patient's...

  • Hospice: Improving the Quality of Life for the Terminally Ill. FRANKLIN, MONICA J.; STILES, SUSIE // Tennessee Bar Journal;Jun2014, Vol. 50 Issue 6, p26 

    The article provides advice on when a patient should choose hospice medical care, focusing on efforts to improve the quality of life for terminally ill patients as of 2014. America's Medicare health insurance program is addressed, along with information about patients who have end-stage cancer...

  • Home care of a child dying of a malignancy and parental awareness of a child's impending death. Surkan, Pamela J.; Dickman, Paul W.; Steineck, Gunner; Onelöv, Erik; Kreicbergs, Ulrika // Palliative Medicine;May2006, Vol. 20 Issue 3, p161 

    In this population-based study, we found that parents who are aware that their child will die from a malignancy are more likely to care for their child at home during the child's last month of life compared to parents who are not aware. End-of-life home care was comparable to hospital care for...

  • Losing preferential treatment. Lee, Jaimy // Modern Healthcare;2/18/2013, Vol. 43 Issue 7, p28 

    The article reports that confidentiality clauses are being used increasingly in the U.S. healthcare sector. The clauses have been described as a method that limits price transparency within the industry, especially when it comes to the more expensive implantable medical devices. The medical...


Read the Article


Sorry, but this item is not currently available from your library.

Try another library?
Sign out of this library

Other Topics