July 17, 2017
Inpatient cirrhosis-related deaths have decreased over the last decade while cirrhosis-related deaths at home or in hospice settings have increased, according to a recently published study. However, the number of cirrhosis-related deaths that occurred in hospice care was significantly lower compared with cancer-related deaths.
“Palliative and hospice care programs can decrease the burden of symptoms, reduce hospitalization and improve end-of-life care. There are limited data on the utilization of hospice in cirrhosis; a population that has received limited attention from the palliative care community,” Haider Altaii, MD, from the department of gastroenterology and hepatology at the Cleveland Clinic, Ohio, and colleagues wrote. “We aimed to identify trends and variations in both places of death and hospice utilization in cirrhosis.”