Hospice News January 26, 2022
Jim Parker

The United States ranks 43rd in end-of-life care quality among 81 countries according to a recent study in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management. Worldwide, much improvement is needed in the realm of caring for terminally ill patients, researchers found.

For the purposes of this study, researchers defined “end-of-life care” as any health care services received by terminally ill patients in their final days, including but not limited to hospice. The study found that globally most of these patients die in pain, under significant psychological distress, and not in the place of their choice.

Dying patients also often express regret about the treatment they received, particularly high-cost, high-acuity services that are of little benefit at that stage of their...

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