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Earlier palliative care consultation may reduce hospital cost, length of stay

June 29, 2015

Early palliative care consultation for patients with advanced cancer during an admission to a hospital may reduce costs and lengths of stay, according to findings from a multi-institutional study.

“New methods incorporating intervention timing into our analyses provide us with valuable new knowledge and understanding of how palliative care teams impact hospital costs for patients with advanced cancer: palliative care early in the hospitalization drives cost-savings, and the economic impact of palliative care is greater than previously realized if provided early,” Peter May, MSc, of the center for health policy and management at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland and the Ichan School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, told HemOnc Today. “We also show for the first time that palliative care consultation teams reduce length of stay — again, provided the intervention is early following admission.”

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