It has been assumed that patients using advance directives would direct terminal care away from the intensive care unit and choose shorter, less costly, less technological terminal hospital stays.
This retrospective cohort study examined 336 consecutive patients who died in a university tertiary care medical center. 242 without advance directives, 66 with a previously completed advance directive, 13 admitted for the express purpose of terminal care, and 15 who signed an advance directive during their terminal hospitalization.
Total charges (hospital and physician) were calculated for all patients and were adjusted using both physician and hospital diagnosis-related group weights.
Patient participation in end-of-life decisions was determined by chart review.
Mots-clés Pascal : Hospitalisation, Terminal, Coût, Economie santé, Homme
Mots-clés Pascal anglais : Hospitalization, Terminal, Costs, Health economy, Human
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Inist-CNRS - Institut de l'Information Scientifique et Technique
Cote : 94-0699470
Code Inist : 002B30A04B. Création : 09/06/1995.