Hospice Care Not Coorelated With Earlier Death

At least in Korea, as reported by Reuters.  Korean medical researchers looked at patients with terminal cancer diagnoses and placed them in two groups – those that received hospice care for palliative care and those that received a full range of medical care.  After controlling for other factors, there was no statistical difference in the life expectancy of those getting palliative care alone and those receiving standard care.

The bottom line:  Palliative care, with the focus on quality of life and pain control, may be a better option that has no impact on the length of life. As a long-time advocate for hospice and palliative care, I welcome this report and any other mechanism to increase the quality of life of the terminally ill.

Original article in the Journal of Clinical Oncology is here.

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