Investigations of the pediatric hospice care in Taiwan: 2005 to 2010.


BACKGROUND The utilization of pediatric hospice care remains unclear in Taiwan. METHODS Data were analyzed from the claims of hospice admissions in patients aged 18 years or younger using the National Health Insurance Research Database from 2005 to 2010. RESULTS A total of 91 patients and 136 admissions were enrolled (male-female = 50:41; mean 11.6 years old). In all, 62 patients were admitted once, including 47 patients who died. All the patients had cancer, with brain cancer (40.7%) accounting the most . Among acute comorbidities, neurological complications (16.2%) were mostly accounted. Family physicians provided most (64.7%) of the hospice services. Hospice stay ≤3 days correlated positively with death in hospices (odds ratio = 2.922, 95% confidence interval = 1.268-6.730). CONCLUSIONS Pediatric hospice care revealed characteristics different from adults. Underlying late referrals were prevalent. There is space to promote the utilization of hospices for terminally ill pediatric patients.

DOI: 10.1177/1049909113492007

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@article{Kang2014InvestigationsOT, title={Investigations of the pediatric hospice care in Taiwan: 2005 to 2010.}, author={Shih-Chao Kang and Shinn-Jang Hwang and Wei-shu Wang}, journal={The American journal of hospice & palliative care}, year={2014}, volume={31 5}, pages={480-4} }