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Hospice: Current and Future Directions

By Jake Schick

Hospice is a philosophy of end-of-life care which promises to deliver palliative care consistent with an individual’s goals and values. Importantly, hospice and palliative care programs have been shown to not only decrease healthcare costs but also improve patient outcomes at the end-of-life. The first hospice program in the United States (US) opened in 1974. Since then, the prevalence and utilization of hospice has increased nationwide. An aging population and the increasing prevalence of chronic conditions will result in a marked increase in the demand of hospice services. Consequently, it is critical to understand the current disparities in hospice utilization in the US. A better understanding of these disparities identify vulnerabilities in the healthcare system and provide the foundation for interventions which will improve hospice utilization in the future.(...)