Impact of palliative care case management on resource use by patients dying of cancer at a Veterans Affairs medical center

Title

Impact of palliative care case management on resource use by patients dying of cancer at a Veterans Affairs medical center

Creator

Back AL; Li YF; Sales AE

Publisher

Journal Of Palliative Medicine

Date

2005

Subject

Female; Humans; Male; Terminal Care; Logistic Models; Aged; Middle Aged; Comorbidity; Length of Stay; Hospitals; Comparative Study; retrospective studies; Case Management/organization & administration; Neoplasms/mortality/therapy; Palliative Care/statistics & numerical data/utilization; Veterans

Description

BACKGROUND: The VA Puget Sound Health Care System (VAPSHCS) started a palliative care service (PCS) in October 2001 to provide case management for patients with advanced cancer. OBJECTIVE: To examine resource use during the last 60 days of life for patients dying of cancer who received PCS compared to patients receiving usual care (non-PCS) during the same time period. DESIGN: Retrospective nonrandomized comparison of resource use using administrative data. SETTING: Tertiary care Veterans Affairs medical center. PARTICIPANTS: All patients who died of cancer between October 1, 2001 and October 31, 2002 at VAPSHCS. RESULTS: Two hundred sixty-five patients died of cancer during the specified time period, including 82 PCS and 183 non-PCS patients. PCS patients received case management for a mean of 79 days, and were younger, had more comorbid conditions, and were more likely to have had chemotherapy in the last 60 days of life than non-PCS patients. Variables associated with more acute care bed days in the last 60 days of life included: chemotherapy in the last 60 days of life, and a length of stay on PCS less than 60 days. Variables associated with fewer acute care bed days within the last 60 days of life included: being married, and a length of stay on PCS 60 days or more. Compared to non-PCS patients, the place of death for PCS patients was less likely to be acute care. CONCLUSION: PCS for 60 or more days prior to death was associated with decreased use of acute care hospital resources for patients dying of cancer.
2005

Rights

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

26-35

Issue

1

Volume

8

Citation

Back AL; Li YF; Sales AE, “Impact of palliative care case management on resource use by patients dying of cancer at a Veterans Affairs medical center,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed December 6, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/13590.

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