Investigations of the Pediatric Hospice Care in Taiwan 2005 to 2010

Title

Investigations of the Pediatric Hospice Care in Taiwan 2005 to 2010

Creator

Kang S-C; Hwang S-J; Wang Wei-Shu

Publisher

American Journal Of Hospice & Palliative Medicine

Date

2014

Subject

Neoplasms; hospice care; referral and consultation; Pediatrics; Taiwan; family medicine

Description

Background: The utilization of pediatric hospice care remains unclear in Taiwan. Methods: Data were analyzed from the claims of hospice admissions in patients aged 18 years or younger using the National Health Insurance Research Database from 2005 to 2010. Results: A total of 91 patients and 136 admissions were enrolled (male–female = 50:41; mean 11.6 years old). In all, 62 patients were admitted once, including 47 patients who died. All the patients had cancer, with brain cancer (40.7%) accounting the most . Among acute comorbidities, neurological complications (16.2%) were mostly accounted. Family physicians provided most (64.7%) of the hospice services. Hospice stay ≤3 days correlated positively with death in hospices (odds ratio = 2.922, 95% confidence interval = 1.268-6.730). Conclusions: Pediatric hospice care revealed characteristics different from adults. Underlying late referrals were prevalent. There is space to promote the utilization of hospices for terminally ill pediatric patients.
2014-08

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Type

Journal Article

Citation List Month

Backlog

Pages

480-484

Issue

5

Volume

31

Citation

Kang S-C; Hwang S-J; Wang Wei-Shu, “Investigations of the Pediatric Hospice Care in Taiwan 2005 to 2010,” Pediatric Palliative Care Library, accessed August 5, 2021, https://pedpalascnetlibrary.omeka.net/items/show/14851.

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