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Two Recent Palliative Care Studies Relevant to Cost, Quality, and Mortality
Early Palliative Care for Patients with Metastatic Non-Small-Cell Lung Cancer Temel JS, Greer JA, Muzikansky A, Gallagher ER, Admane S, Jackson VA, Dahlin CM, Blinderman CD, Jacobsen J, Pirl WF, Billings JA, Lynch TJ N Engl J Med 2010 363:733-42
Early palliative care provided at the same time as life-sustaining treatments for patients with metastatic NSCLC has multiple benefits
Less use of aggressive therapies
Results don’t explain why
Palliative Care Consultation Teams Cut Hospital Costs For Medicaid Beneficiaries R. Sean Morrison, Jessica Dietrich, Susan Ladwig, Timothy Quill, Joseph Sacco, John Tangeman, Diane E. Meier Health Affairs 2011;30:454-453