Comparing the quality of death for hospice and non-hospice cancer patients.

Wallston KA, Burger C, Smith RA, Baugher RJ
Med Care. 1988 26 (2): 177-82

PMID: 3339915 · DOI:10.1097/00005650-198802000-00008

In this secondary analysis of data from the National Hospice Study (NHS), a new measure, quality of death (QOD), was developed by weighting reports of cancer patients' last 3 days of life by what patients wanted their last 3 days to be like. Using analysis of covariance, the QOD scores were higher for terminally ill patients in hospices (either home-care [HC] or hospital-based [HB]) than similar patients who received conventional care (CC). The results are discussed in terms of verification of the hospice philosophy and other uses for a quality of death measure.

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Attitude to Death Consumer Behavior Data Collection Hospices Humans Neoplasms Quality of Health Care Quality of Life Statistics as Topic Terminal Care United States

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