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  1. Is economic hardship on the families of the seriously ill associated with patient and surrogate care preferences ?

    Article - En anglais


    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 of maximizing life expectancy or whether economic hardship might give rise to disagreement between patients and surrogates over the goal of care.


    We performed a cross-sectional study of 3158 seriously ill patients (median age, 63 years ; 44% women) at 5 tertiary medical centers with 1 of 9 diagnoses associated with a high risk of mortality.

    Two months after their index hospitalization, patients and surrogates were surveyed about patients'preferences for the primary goal of care : either care focused on extending life or care focused on maximizing comfort.

    Patients and surrogates were also surveyed about the financial impact of the illness on the patient's family.


    A report of economic hardship on the family as a result of the illness was associated with a preference for comfort care over life-extending care (odds ratio, 1.26 ; 95% confidence interval, 1.07-1.48) in an age-stratified bivariate analysis.

    Similarly, in a multivariable analysis controlling for patient demographics, illness severity, functional dependency, depression, anxiety, and pain, economic hardship on the family remained associated with a preference for comfort care over life-extending care (odds ratio, 1.31 ; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-1.57). (...)

    Mots-clés Pascal : Maladie, Gravité, Impact économique, Milieu familial, Soin, Préférence, Economie santé, Homme

    Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Disease, Gravity, Economic impact, Family environment, Care, Preference, Health economy, Human

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

    Cote : 96-0390728

    Code Inist : 002B30A11. Création : 10/04/1997.