Thursday, March 14, 2013

Will increasing the quality of palliative care help decrease the number of hospital visits?

Could optimizing the quality of cancer care and cost at home help reduce both the number of hospital visits, and increase survival rates? According to the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, there have been no studies to show that increased spending also increases patient survival rates.

Advanced cancer spending varied by up to 41 percent between high- and low-spending regions. The Midwest and West contained the majority of low-spending regions, while high-spending regions were located in central New Jersey, Southern California and Louisiana, Medscape Medical News reported.

Although researchers have found that increased spending relating to cancer care also correlates to longer hospital stays they must consider a significant amount of that number could be from chemotherapy costs. Is making palliative care more accessible the solution?

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