Documentation of information and care planning for patients with advanced cancer: Associations with patient characteristics and utilization of hospital care

Rashmi K. Sharma, Sydney M. Dy

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Abstract

Objective: We evaluated the association between patient characteristics, utilization of care, and documentation of information and care planning. Methods: We abstracted chart documentation for 238 deceased patients with advanced cancer. Results: Do-not-resuscitate (DNR) orders were documented in 34% of charts, advance directives in 19%, hospice discussion in 49%, and hospice referral in 36%. Compared to white patients, black patients had a higher odds of hospice discussion (Adjusted Odds Ratio [AOR] 2.11; 95% CI 1.18 to 3.76) and hospice referral (AOR 2.18; 95% CI 1.21 to 3.93). Documentation of advance directive and DNR order was associated with higher utilization of care. Conclusion: Black race was associated with higher odds of hospice discussion and referral in a primarily Medicaid population. Additional research is needed to explore variations in physician-patient discussion about hospice among different patient populations.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)543-549
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Volume28
Issue number8
DOIs
StatePublished - Dec 1 2011

Keywords

  • end-of-life care
  • hospice
  • information and care planning
  • race/ethnicity
  • utilization of care

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)

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