Analgesic use by primary diagnosis among hospice patients 65 and older during the last week of life: Evidence from the 2007 national home and hospice care survey
Learning Areas:Public health or related research
Explain why the use of different classes of analgesics — opioids, NSAIDs, salicylates, and others (e.g., acetaminophen) — is an important quality of care concern in end-of-life care. Discuss the magnititude of analgesic use among home hospice patients age 65+ during the last week of life based on data from the 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey. Describe variation in analgesic use in patients by hospice primary diagnosis.
Keyword(s): End-of-Life Care, Prescription Drug Use Patterns
Qualified on the content I am responsible for because: I have studied prescription medication management issues in end-of-life care for over 6 years. I am deputy director of the division at CDC's National Center for Health Statistics that administers a family of health provider surveys, including the National Home and Hospice Care Survey.
Any relevant financial relationships? No
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