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Early Palliative Care Cuts Costs for Critically Ill Patients
HBNS STORY | July 10, 2014
Palliative care delivered early during hospitalization can help cut costs for critically ill patients, finds a new study in Health Services Research.

People with Few Assets Less Likely to Plan for End-of-Life Health Care
HBNS STORY | August 16, 2012
Socioeconomic status is a big predictor of how likely people are to have living wills, a power of attorney for health care decisions or to participate in informal discussions about treatment preferences with loved ones. People with few assets were half as likely as those of more means to plan for these end-of-life concerns, a new study in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior finds.

Patients with Implanted Cardiac Devices Should Learn about End-of-Life Options
HBNS STORY | October 4, 2011
An implanted device meant to correct heart rhythm may generate repeated painful shocks during a patient’s final hours, at a time when the natural process of dying often affects the heart’s rhythm.

Easing Distress in Caregivers of Dying Patients
HBNS STORY | June 14, 2011
Interventions can buffer caregivers of terminally ill patients from the significant stresses they face in providing care to a loved one, a new Cochrane review finds.

Few Studies Delve Into Hospice Care in Nursing Homes
HBNS STORY | March 17, 2011
A new evidence review finds scant high-quality research on the best ways for nursing homes hoping to ease the suffering of older patients through hospice care. Still, the studies suggest that strategies such as teams of specialists and partnerships between nursing homes and hospice care services are essential.

Advance Directives Evolve to Ensure Better End-of-Life Planning
HBNS STORY | June 17, 2010