Early palliative care reduces chemo use

In this retrospective analysis of patients with metastatic lung cancer, those with early palliative care referral were half as likely to receive chemo within 60 days of death, and were twice as likely the enroll in hospice at least a week before death. Early palliative care referrals in diseases with poor outcomes may reduce unnecessary resource utilization, and improve hospice use, at the end of life (abstract)

Danielle Scheurer

Dr. Scheurer is a clinical hospitalist and the Medical Director of Quality and Safety at the Medical University of South Carolina in Charleston, South Carolina, and is Assistant Professor of Medicine. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Medicine, completed her residency at Duke University, and completed her Masters in Clinical Research at the Medical University of South Carolina. She also serves as the Web Editor and Physician Advisor for the Society of Hospital Medicine.

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