By 2030, it is projected that 40% of all US deaths will occur in nursing homes (NHs).1 Despite an estimated $136 billion spent each year, NH care has been associated with poor symptom control, low family satisfaction, and burdensome and unnecessary care transitions in the final months of life.1-3 Little is known about this vulnerable population’s specific palliative care (PC) needs. As part of a PC quality initiative, we sought to identify which NH residents were eligible for PC services, describe their characteristics, and better understand resident and family perceptions regarding symptoms and quality of life.
Stephens CE, Hunt LJ, Bui N, Halifax E, Ritchie CS, Lee SJ. Palliative Care Eligibility, Symptom Burden, and Quality-of-Life Ratings in Nursing Home Residents. JAMA Intern Med. 2018;178(1):141–142. doi:10.1001/jamainternmed.2017.6299
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