Association between the Availability of Hospital-Based Palliative Care and Treatment Intensity for Critically Ill Patients.

RATIONALE In the intensive care unit (ICU), studies involving specialized palliative care services have shown decreases in the use of non-beneficial life-sustaining therapies and ICU length of stay for patients. However, whether widespread availability of hospital-based palliative care is associated with less frequent use of high intensity care is unknown… (More)