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End of life care 'could be better'

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There is room for improvement in end of life care even in the best hospitals, according to a study.

US researchers looked at the records of 496 patients admitted three days before dying to a hospital recognised for providing intensive care to the seriously ill.

They assessed care based on 13 quality indicators, identifying communication, dyspnea assessment, implantable cardioverter-defibrillator deactivation and bowel regimens in those prescribed opioids as areas that should be targeted for quality improvement.

The authors said: “The findings suggest much room for improvement in treating patients dying in the hospital.”

 

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