The health impact of health care on families: a matched cohort study of hospice use by decedents and mortality outcomes in surviving, widowed spouses.

@article{Christakis2003TheHI,
  title={The health impact of health care on families: a matched cohort study of hospice use by decedents and mortality outcomes in surviving, widowed spouses.},
  author={Nicholas A. Christakis and Theodore J. Iwashyna},
  journal={Social science & medicine},
  year={2003},
  volume={57 3},
  pages={
          465-75
        }
}
Alternative ways of caring for seriously ill patients might have implications not only for patients' own outcomes, but also, indirectly, for the health outcomes of their family members. Clinical observation suggests that patients who die "good deaths" may impose less stress on their spouses. Consequently, we sought to assess whether hospice use by a decedent is associated with decreased risk of death in surviving, bereaved spouses. We conducted a matched retrospective cohort study involving a… CONTINUE READING
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