Letter from our Executive Director – April 12, 2023
April 12, 2023
Advance Care Planning and Young Adult Webinar
April 12, 2023

Update on End of Life Care

The majority of dying patients still receive aggressive care during the last 30 days of life (58% in the community and 64% in nursing homes), according to a recent study, Incidence of Aggressive End-of-Life Care Among Older Adults With Metastatic Cancer Living in Nursing Homes and Community Settings. (JAMA Open Network, Feb. 2023). A quarter underwent cancer treatment: surgery, radiation, and/or chemotherapy. Much of this care is likely unwanted and/or unnecessary and not beneficial. Most patients would probably have benefitted from hospice care and this study underscores the need for more education about this option.

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