Increase in the number of stays in intensive care

According to a study, there has been an increase in the number of stays in intensive care in the last month of life.

As compared to about 10 years ago, the number of people dying in hospice care is two times in hospital or nursing home. But a study states that hospice is considered as the last resort normally. It is often used by the patients and their families in the last.

People who died in 2000, 2005 and 2009 were about 840,000 and the researchers examined their records. Their age was 66 and more. It was only in the last phase of their life that they used intensive-care use, hospitalization and the rate of health care transitions had increased. This was when they entered hospice. There was an increase in the length of stays in intensive care.

According to the study's author Joan Teno, "Hospice care aims to address the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of dying patients and their families and to control pain." She is also professor of health services policy and practice at Warren Alpert School of Medicine at Brown University in Providence.