Resource Utilization Among Individuals Dying Of Pediatric Life-threatening Diseases


Resource Utilization Among Individuals Dying Of Pediatric Life-threatening Diseases


Chavoshi N; Miller T; Siden H


Journal Of Palliative Medicine




Terminal Care; Adolescent; British Columbia; Child; Child Preschool; Female; Health Resources/ Utilization; Health Services Needs And Demand; Humans; Infant; Infant Newborn; Length Of Stay/statistics & Numerical Data; Male; Patient Discharge/statistics & Numerical Data; Young Adult


BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Very little information exists on the number of resources utilized by individuals living with and dying of pediatric life-threatening diseases (LTDs). This study quantifies end of life (EOL) resource utilization among the pediatric population in British Columbia, Canada. METHODS: Data from Vital Statistics British Columbia were obtained for the pediatric population that died between 2002/03 and 2006/07. Our sample included three age groups: less than 1 year (excluding sudden infant death syndrome cases), 1 to 19 years, and 20 to 24 years. Using data from the Medical Services Plan and Discharge Abstract Database, we calculated annual rates of resources utilized (number of discharges, number of days in hospital, and number of medical services used) for every pediatric death that was due to an LTD in our selected 5-year time frame. Place of death was also explored. RESULTS: During the fiscal year of death and the fiscal year prior to death, children/adolescents and young adults dying of a pediatric LTD respectively experienced 5.3 and 3.7 hospital discharges, spent 48 and 39 days in the hospital, and required approximately 222 and 230 medical services. Infants were discharged once on average, and required 21 medical services. CONCLUSIONS: Resource utilization was very high for all three age groups, demonstrating the intense need for care by children dying of disease. These findings call for the strengthening of palliative care services in the province.


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Chavoshi, Negar
Miller, Tanice
Siden, Harold
Journal Article
United States
J Palliat Med. 2013 Oct;16(10):1210-4. doi: 10.1089/jpm.2013.0110. Epub 2013 Sep 5.


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