Research Finds Links Between Hospice Care, Reduced Cancer-Related Suicides

Data trends have found that suicide rates among cancer patients have decreased during the last three decades, with improved psychosocial end-of-life care a potential factor. Researchers recently examined trends in cancer-related suicides during the last four decades and how these rates compare with the general population. A large aim was to gain a broader picture […]

Psychological Trauma Can Worsen Symptom Burden at End-of-Life

Recent research has found that traumatic experiences can lead to increased pain and symptom burden at the end of life, along with a greater likelihood of emotional suffering and isolation. Collective trauma experiences have been associated with higher instances of pain and dyspnea among more than half of seniors nationwide, a recent study found, published […]

Key Research Trends: Telehealth Impacts, Global Gaps in Hospice, Goal-Concordant Care

Research trends can help hospice providers improve their understanding around the impacts of their services and where quality gaps may exist. This article details recent key research findings on hospice care, including the effects of telehealth utilization among terminally ill pediatric patients, along with barriers to improved goal-concordant end-of-life care in Asia, Canada and Europe. […]

Hospice Care Found Lacking in Assisted Living Setting

Hospices that see higher numbers of patients in assisted living facilities tend to have lower quality scores than other providers, research has found. Hospice providers with higher volumes of assisted living-based patients are 7% more likely to receive lower quality scores than those in other settings, according to a recent study, published in the Journal […]

Hospitalists More Likely than Specialists to Refer to Hospice

Hospitalized cancer patients have a greater likelihood of receiving a hospice referral from a hospitalist than other physicians, recent research has found. Hospitalist-led services (HS) referred 11.8% of patients to inpatient hospice settings between July 26, 2021 and Jan. 31, 2022, a recent study found. This was a higher rate compared to the 5.8% of […]

Home Health Care Linked to Increased Hospice Utilization

Recent research has uncovered improved hospice utilization rates among patients who had received home health services. Researchers from New Jersey-based Rutgers University’s School of Nursing have found that patient preferences leaned toward home-based hospice services following home health experiences. The study, published in the Journal of Palliative Medicine, examined home health and hospice care outcomes […]

The Potential of Psychedelics in Bereavement Care

Psychedelic-assisted psychotherapy (PAP) in bereavement support may have benefits for families coping with the loss of a loved one. However, gauging the potential impacts of psychedelic utilization among grieving individuals requires careful consideration when assessing quality outcomes, according to Ryan Moss, chief science officer at Filament Health Corp. The clinical-stage natural psychedelic drug development company […]

YoloCares Breaks Down Barriers to Equitable Access Among Underserved Tribal, Rural Communities

A community-based research project launched by California-based YoloCares has revealed that a lack of culturally appropriate educational opportunities is fueling hospice disparities among two underserved groups – Native American populations and rural patients. The hospice and palliative care provider launched a three-year community health needs assessment initiative aimed at better understanding the barriers of access […]

New Nonprofit Advocacy Group to Offer Education, Services on Psychedelics for the Terminally Ill

A newly established nonprofit organization aims to “transform” the end-of-life experience through the therapeutic use of psychedelics.  The stated mission of Florida-based End of Life Psychedelic Care (EOLPC) is to educate health care providers, policymakers and the public as well as foster access to those substances for terminally ill patients. “Everyone deserves compassionate care as […]