Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

This article originally appeared here.
Share this content:
Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult
Lower Hospital Costs Tied to Palliative Care Consult

FRIDAY, Jan. 8, 2016 (HealthDay News) -- Palliative care consultation within two days of hospitalization is associated with lower hospital costs for patients with incurable cancer, with greater savings for greater number of comorbidities, according to a study published in the January issue of Health Affairs.

The research included terminally ill cancer patients with a number of comorbidities. When they were admitted to the hospital, some were seen by a palliative care team while others received usual care.

Hospital costs for those in the palliative care group were 22 percent lower than for those in the usual care group. Costs were up to 32 percent lower for palliative care patients with the greatest number of comorbidities.

The study results suggest other avenues for future research. "The fact that we found greater cost savings for cancer patients with more comorbidities than for those with fewer comorbidities raises the question of whether similar results would be observed in patients with other serious illnesses and multimorbidity," study coauthor Peter May, a professor at Trinity College Dublin and a former visiting research fellow at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai in New York City, said in a university news release. "Future research is also needed to determine when in the course of illness palliative care is most cost-effective."

Abstract
Full Text (subscription or payment may be required)

Share this content:

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »

Drug Lookup

Browse drugs by: BrandGenericDisease

More in Home

Dermatologists' Rx for Antibiotics Dropped From 2008 to 2016

Dermatologists' Rx for Antibiotics Dropped From 2008 to ...

However, rising use of antibiotics after dermatologic surgical visits is concerning

Coronary Artery Calcium May Help Predict CVD in South Asians

Coronary Artery Calcium May Help Predict CVD in ...

CAC incidence similar in South Asian men versus white, black, Latino men; higher than Chinese

High Levels of Activity, Motor Ability Linked to Better Cognition

High Levels of Activity, Motor Ability Linked to ...

Findings seen in older adults; independent correlations remained for those with Alzheimer disease

is free, fast, and customized just for you!




Already a member?

Sign In Now »