Friday, 8 June 2018

Dying patients do not get the best palliative care unless they have cancer

Dying patients do not get the best palliative care unless they have cancer Cancer patients receive roughly twice the palliative care time that other incurable diseases receive, according to a new study.

Patients with progressive and incurable diseases like dementia, liver failure, Parkinson's and strokes typically spend around half as much time receiving end-of-life care in hospices than patients with cancer.

Leeds University researchers analysed information about 42,000 deaths in the UK in 2015 and found patients with cancer were typically referred to hospices 53 days before their deaths, compared to 27 days for other terminal patients. The Daily Mail

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