Each part of advanced care planning has benefits, study finds

02/5/2013 | MedWire News (U.K.)

A study of Medicare beneficiaries found benefits to each aspect of advanced care planning, and patients who helped plan their care had reduced odds of dying in a hospital and a greater chance of receiving hospice care, according to a report in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Researchers at the University of California, San Francisco, said the study suggests using just one element, such as an advance directive, may not provide the same benefits as a multimodel advance care plan.

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