Hospice and Palliative Care
Among patients with cancer referred to hospice, advanced care planning documented in electronic health records was tied to significantly fewer hospital admissions within the last 30 days of life, according to a study published in the American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Medicine.
Although an advanced care planning (ACP) note completed 30 days before death was associated with lower odds of hospital admission in the last 30 days of life, patients with an ACP note 6 months before death had even lower odds, suggesting that earlier planning provides better end-of-life outcomes.
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