Hospice Improves Survival Time by 81 days in CHF Patients

The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) report references a study, "Comparing Hospice and Non hospice Patient Survival among Patients Who Die within a Three-Month Window," Published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management in March of 2007.

Investigators found that patients with certain diseases may survive longer on average if they receive hospice care. For instance, congestive heart failure patients lived an average of 321 days without hospice care, and an average of 402 days with hospice care.  This is an average increase of 81 days.

Other diseases included in the study were:

  • Lung cancer: Patients survived an average of 39 days longer with hospice care than without
  • Pancreatic cancer: Survival rate increased by an average of 21 days with hospice care
  • Colon cancer: Patients survived an average of 33 days longer when cared for by hospice.

~"NHPCO Facts and Figures: Hospice Care in America," October 2008

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