Thursday, February 7, 2013

Patterns of Functional Decline in Hospice: What Can Individuals and Their Families Expect?

Patterns of Functional Decline in Hospice: What Can Individuals and Their Families Expect?


Source

Kansas City Hospice and Palliative Care, Kansas City, Kansas.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

To describe the trajectory of functional decline after an individual is referred to hospice.

MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:

Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) scores measured at intervals between hospice enrollment and death, on a scale from 10 to 100.

CONCLUSION:

Although functional status generally declines in individuals in hospice, this decline is heterogeneous. Some individuals retain some physical and cognitive function until the last day of life.
 2013 Jan 24. doi: 10.1111/jgs.12144. [Epub ahead of print]

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