Compared to other developed nations, U.S. end-of-life care holds its own

The United States' end-of-life care quality is about average in comparison to six other developed nations, according to a study from the Dartmouth Institute for Health Policy and Clinical Practice. Researchers analyzed 2010-2012 data to compare end-of-life care quality in the U.S., Norway, Germany, the Netherlands, Belgium, England and Canada. They based their analysis on measures such as hospitalizations, emergency room visits, chemotherapy and intensive care unit admissions in patients' last six months of life, along with government or commercial insurer reimbursements for healthcare expenditures. The U.S. outstripped other nations in numerous categories, with only 22 percent of patients dying in hospital compared to 51 percent of patients in Belgium and 52 percent in Canada. Results