Comparison of Pediatric and Adult Hospice Patients Using Electronic Medical Record Data from Nine Hospices in the United States, 2008–2012
In the Journal of Palliative Medicine, David Casarett and colleagues from Penn Medicine look at pediatric and adult hospice patients and analyze differences in their characteristics and outcomes. In the study of over 126,000 hospice patients, children (18 years of age or younger) make up less than one percent of the hospice population. The authors posit that characteristics and needs of children in hospice are very different to that of adults. Despite this, pediatric patients are in general receiving services designed for adults, with only one third of hospice agencies running...
Newly-published studies by Senior Fellows Mark Neuman, Jeffrey Silber, Rachel Werner, and colleagues have direct implications for the management of hip fractures, which afflict more than 300,000 older adults each year.
This Issue Brief summarizes a CER study comparing these drugs head-to-head, and provides the most definitive evidence to date about the safety and effectiveness of the two alternatives.