Hospice patients less likely to die in hospitals

Hospice care patients are significantly less likely to die in the hospital than people who do not enroll, according to a new study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association. Researchers, led by Ziad Obermeyer, M.D., of Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital, compared cohorts of hospice and non-hospice patients with poor-prognosis cancers and found hospice patients were five times less likely to die in a hospital setting. "If you look at people with the exact same length of survival, from their diagnosis until they died, the people who chose hospice lived just as long as those who didn't, but they got there with a lot fewer hospitalizations, a lot fewer intensive care stays, fewer invasive procedures," Obermeyer told CBS Boston. Study abstract