Studies support early referrals for perinatal palliative care

09/17/2013 | eHospice

A study tracking perinatal palliative care referrals for pregnant women found the average time between referral and admission was 14 days, with three in-home visits, suggesting earlier referrals may lead to more visits and help ease family suffering and distress, researchers reported in the Journal of Palliative Medicine. A second study in the journal BioMed Research International tracked home-based care for infants and also recommended early perinatal palliative care referrals. The benefits included improved quality of life for newborns and a chance for families to say their goodbyes, researchers found.

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