Is hospice use alone a good indicator of peculiarity of end-of-life care?

Hospice use is ordinarily supposed as an indicator of peculiarity of end-of-life care, however, when researchers in a U.S. complicated variations in patterns of hospice use between states, they found discouraging trends. They plead a variations in a timing and generation of hospice enrollment and their implications in an essay published in Journal of Palliative Medicine, a peer-reviewed biography from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The essay is accessible giveaway on a Journal of Palliative Medicine website until Sep 20, 2015.

In “Geographic Variation of Hospice Use Patterns during a End of Life”, Shi-Yi Wang, MD, PhD, Yale University School of Public Health (New Haven, CT), and coauthors from Yale Cancer Center, Yale University School of Medicine, Mount Sinai School of Medicine (New York, NY), James J. Peters VA Medical Center (Bronx, NY), and John D. Thompson Hospice Institute for Education, Training and Research, Inc. (Branford, CT), achieved a retrospective research of Medicare patients who used hospice services during a final 6 months of their lives.

The researchers compared hospice use information on a state-by-state basement and identified critical differences between states in a percentages of really brief or really prolonged hospice stays (reflecting late or early enrollment) and of patients leaving