Hospice, opiates, and acute care service use among the elderly before death from heart failure or cancer.

  title={Hospice, opiates, and acute care service use among the elderly before death from heart failure or cancer.},
  author={Soko Setoguchi and Robert J Glynn and Margaret R. Stedman and Carol M. Flavell and Raisa L Levin and Lynne Warner Stevenson},
  journal={American heart journal},
  volume={160 1},
BACKGROUND Advances in heart failure (HF) treatments have prolonged survival, but more patients die of HF than of any type of cancer. Little is known about the current practice in end-of-life (EOL) care in HF. METHODS Two EOL cohorts (HF and cancer) were identified using Medicare data linked with pharmacy and cancer registry data. We assessed use of hospice, opiates, and acute care services (hospitalizations, emergency department [ED] visits, intensive care unit [ICU] admissions, and death in… CONTINUE READING


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