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Hospice and Palliative Care

Overweight People Less Likely To Die At Home Or With Hospice Care

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Overweight and obese Americans who are nearing death are significantly less likely to be enrolled in a hospice program or die at home, according to a troubling new study. Researchers with the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation analyzed health records of more than 5,600 seniors who died while taking […]

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Fewer Dementia Patients In Nursing Homes Receive Feeding Tubes

Usage More Prevalent Among African-Americans BY DANIEL GAITAN  | Fewer nursing home residents with dementia are receiving feeding tubes, a result of increasing evidence that suggests the practice causes unnecessary suffering and does little to prolong life. The proportion of advanced dementia patients who had feeding tubes placed when they were unable eat or […]

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College Students Capture Stories Of Hospice Patients

BY DANIEL GAITAN | Cody Garbers never expected to bond with the terminally ill hospice patient he interviewed during a class project this spring. Garbers is one of a handful of University of Wisconsin-Parkside communication students who took part in a new program preserving the stories and experiences of dying patients through the production […]

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