Home Hospice Acupuncture: A Preliminary Report of Treatment Delivery and Outcomes


By Karen Kaufman, PhD, LAc; Ellen J Salkeld, PhD

Winter 2008 - Volume 12 Number 1


Editors Note

This preliminary report is being published to complement the article in this issue “The Dartmouth Atlas Applied to Kaiser Permanente: Analysis of Variation in Care at the End of Life” in which the authors conclude: “Greater emphasis on palliative care approaches for patients with chronic conditions and earlier transition to the use of hospice would create a better match between the expressed desires of patients and the care they receive, thus improving member and family satisfaction as well as quality of care. In addition, earlier transition to hospice in KP could be one important tool for avoiding undesired and nonbeneficial ICU use, given the negative correlation between hospice and ICU use identified in this analysis.”


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