View Entire Collection
By Clinical Topic
Diabetes – Summer 2012
Future of Nursing Initiative
Heart Failure - Fall 2011
Influenza - Winter 2011
Nursing Ethics - Fall 2011
Trauma - Fall 2010
Traumatic Brain Injury - Fall 2010
Fluids & Electrolytes
Most patients who are discharged from hospice live several more months, according to a new study, and about two-thirds of them survived more than 6 months.
Researchers followed 164 terminally ill patients who were discharged from hospice because they appeared to be improving. The terminal conditions included cancer, heart disease, and dementia.
During the yearlong study period, 35% of the discharged patients died. Almost 70% of those patients were readmitted to hospice before their death. Sixty-five percent of the discharged patients were alive after 6 months.
From 6% to 8% of hospice patients are discharged each year. Researchers say their findings indicate that, in most cases, patients are discharged from hospice for appropriate reasons, such as improved clinical status.
Researchers also say their results show how difficult predicting the course of a terminal illness is. They recommend that patients discharged from hospice be reevaluated frequently, starting soon after discharge, to identify changes in clinical status and unmet needs that may justify readmission to hospice.
"Outcomes and Characteristics of Patients Discharged Alive from Hospice," Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, J. Kutner, et al., August 2004.
Find in-depth content on major issues provided by leading companies in partnership with NursingCenter.com
BD Safety Beyond Needlestick Prevention Learning Center
Sponsored by BD Medical
Sign up for our free enewsletters to stay up-to-date in your area of practice - or take a look at an archive of prior issues
Join our CESaver program to earn up to 100 contact hours for only $34.95
Explore a world of online resources
Back to Top