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Is Economic Hardship on the Families of the Seriously Ill Associated With Patient and Surrogate Care Preferences?
BACKGROUND: Serious illness often causes economic hardship for patients' families. However, it is not known whether this hardship is associated with a preference for the goal of care to focus on maximizing comfort instead ...
Relationship Between Cancer Patients' Predictions of Prognosis and Their Treatment Preferences
CONTEXT: Previous studies have documented that cancer patients tend to overestimate the probability of long-term survival. If patient preferences about the trade-offs between the risks and benefits associated with alternative ...
Care and Cost Savings at the End of Life
Evaluation of Prognostic Criteria for Determining Hospice Eligibility in Patients With Advanced Lung, Heart, or Liver Disease
CONTEXT: Many individuals involved with care of the dying advocate expanding access to hospice care for persons with advanced lung, heart, or liver disease. However, to be eligible, these patients generally must have ...