Nursing Home Residents Eligible for Palliative Care often Don’t Get It

November 22, 2017

(Reuters) – Many nursing home residents who might benefit from palliative care to make them more comfortable and improve their quality of life don’t receive it, a small U.S. study suggests. Researchers examined data on 228 residents of three northern California nursing homes and found that 157 of them, or 69 percent, were eligible for palliative care based on the types of health issues they had. But none of them were receiving palliative care, and only two were getting hospice services.

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