The presence of hospital-based palliative care programs: A resource dependence perspective

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Abstract

  • Copyright ¬© 2015 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc. All rights reserved. Background: The presence of hospital-based palliative care programs has risen over time in the United States. Nevertheless, organizational and environmental factors that contribute to the presence of hospital-based palliative care programs are unclear. Purpose: The aim of this study was to examine the role of organizational and environmental factors associated with the presence of hospital-based palliative care programs using resource dependence theory. Methodology: Panel data from 2000 to 2009 American Hospital Association Annual Survey and the Area Resource File were used in this study. A random-effect logistic regression was used to analyze the relationship between organizational and environmental factors and the presence of hospital-based palliative care programs. Findings: Hospitals with higher Medicare inpatient days, located in counties with higher Medicare managed penetration, and larger hospitals had greater odds of having a hospital-based palliative care program. Although hospitals in counties that have a higher percentage of individuals 65 years and older, for-profit and government hospitals were less likely to have a hospital-based palliative care program. Practice Implications: Hospitals will vary in the organizational resources available to them, as such, administrators' awareness of the relationship between resources and palliative care programs can help determine the relevance of a program in their hospital.
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  • Chisholm L; Weech-Maldonado R; Landry AY; Epan√© JP
  • Start Page

  • 356
  • End Page

  • 362
  • Volume

  • 40
  • Issue

  • 4