The type of ailment that the patient has may lead to the sort of terminal health care that is suitable for the afflicted.
Those patients who have cancer or dementia tend to require end-of-life health care. The other people with different diseases do not need such extreme measures of last minute care as these aforementioned patients do.
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The study found out that cancer and dementia patients did not normally die in ICUs. The level of palliative care and planned last stage provision of medicines were different for cancer and dementia patients.
The other diseases that were looked into included: kidney disease, heart failure and lung ailments. Seen from a historical perspective, cancer and dementia patients have had their end-stage care evolve in its quality.
Other patients that also need quality care ought to become the focus of the medical establishment today. While it seems obvious to anyone that a person with a tumor requires a lot of care, other diseases also require intensive healing. Those suffering from heart, lung and kidney ailments are more likely to die too so they need all the help we can give them.
Especially, palliative care and the growth of hospices can really help in this regard. Palliative care can considerably diminish the painful symptoms faced by the patient.
Also the near and dear ones of the patient can have a shoulder to cry on thanks to palliative care. Hospices are also very salubrious institutions that have a similar function to palliative care. They have more of the warmth and kindness that are not to be found in the antiseptic environment of a hospital.
Once the cure is discarded as an option and the patient has a limited amount of time to live his or her life before death arrives in all its dismal dreariness, the hospice acts as a half-way home between terminal illness and the finality of death.
Over 146 hospitals and 58,000 patients got studied in the survey. Half of those with kidney disease, heart issues and weakness tended to benefit from palliative care.
This was compared with cancer and dementia patients that made up 75% and 61% of those who received palliative care respectively. One third of those with heart,kidney and frailty issues died in an ICU.
Meanwhile, just 13% and 9% of patients with cancer and dementia passed away in an ICU respectively. Cancer and dementia patients also were not resuscitated upon their death.
End of life treatment and care still has a long way to go. Yet it is slowly and ever so imperceptibly evolving for the better right before our very eyes.
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The findings of this study got published in the journal JAMA Internal Medicine.