The Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) study, which was published in Health Affairs, reveals patients making end-of-life decisions are more likely to consider hospice if their physician actively recommends it as an option. Hospice care focuses on comfort and quality care instead of a life-saving cure.
"This new information provides a clear policy target for improving and advancing the quality of care for patients at the end of their lives," Ziad Obermeyer, MD, a physician researcher at BWH, said in a news release. "We need to know what our patients really want at the end of their lives. We need to remove the barriers to having these discussions and give our patients the care they actually want."