The power of advance care planning in promoting hospice and out-of-hospital death in a dialysis unit.

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  • BACKGROUND: Despite mortality rates that exceed those of most cancers, hospice remains underutilized in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on dialysis and nearly half of all dialysis patients die in the hospital. OBJECTIVE: To review the impact of advance care planning on withdrawal from dialysis, use of hospice, and location of death. DESIGN: Retrospective review. SETTING: A rural outpatient dialysis unit. PARTICIPANTS: Former dialysis patients who died over a 5-year period. EXPOSURE: Advance care planning, the use of physician orders for life-sustaining therapy program (POLST). MAIN OUTCOME AND MEASURE: Use of hospice among patients withdrawing from dialysis, location of death. RESULTS: Advance care planning was associated with a low incidence of in-hospital death and among those who withdrew, a high use of hospice. CONCLUSIONS AND RELEVANCE: Comprehensive and systematic advance care planning among patients with ESRD on dialysis promotes greater hospice utilization and may facilitate the chance that death will occur out of hospital.
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  • Advance Care Planning, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Female, Hospice Care, Hospital Mortality, Humans, Kidney Failure, Chronic, Male, Middle Aged, Renal Dialysis, Retrospective Studies, Rural Population, Terminal Care
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  • Schmidt RJ; Weaner BB; Long D
  • Start Page

  • 62
  • End Page

  • 66
  • Volume

  • 18
  • Issue

  • 1