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  1. Cost savings at the end of life : What do the data show ?

    Article - En anglais

    Medical care at the end of life consumes 10% to 12% of the total health care budget and 27% of the Medicare budget.

    Many people claim that increased use of hospice and advance directives and lower use of high-technology interventions for terminally ill patients will produce significant cost savings.

    However, the studies on cost savings from hospice and advance directives are not definitive.

    The 3 randomized trials show no savings from these interventions, but either they are too small for confidence in their negative results or their intervention and cost accounting are flawed.

    The nonrandomized trials of hospice and advance directives show a wide range of savings, from 68% to none.

    Five methodological issues obscure the assessment of these studies : (1) selection bias in those patients who use hospice and advance directives, (2) the different time frames of assessing the costs, (3) the limited types of medical costs evaluated, (4) the variability of reporting the savings, and (5) the lack of generalizability of the findings to other patient populations.

    A more definitive study that assessed patients'end-of-life care preferences, use of hospice and advance directives, and direct and indirect costs would be desirable. (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Stade terminal, Vie physiologique, Rationalisation, Dépense, Soin, Politique sanitaire, Economie, Hospice, Résultat, Homme, Gériatrie, Economie santé

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Terminal stage, Life (physiology), Rationalization, Expenditure, Care, Health policy, Economy, Asylum, Result, Human, Geriatrics, Health economy

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    Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique

    Cote : 96-0331039

    Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 10/04/1997.