Cost and non-clinical outcomes of palliative care.

@article{Smith2009CostAN,
  title={Cost and non-clinical outcomes of palliative care.},
  author={Thomas James Smith and Jay Brian Cassel},
  journal={Journal of pain and symptom management},
  year={2009},
  volume={38 1},
  pages={32-44}
}
Although palliative care is rarely profitable by itself, palliative care in hospitals is associated with significant reductions in per diem costs and total costs, and can generate substantial savings to the health system by "cost avoidance." Palliative care alongside usual care in recent randomized outpatient trials has maintained or improved the quality of care while generating substantial cost savings. The data are mixed about the impact of palliative care consultation on inpatient length of… CONTINUE READING

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