Patterns of end-of-life hospital care for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma: exploring the landscape
Jennifer Philip, Anna Collins, David Ritchie, Brian Le, Jeremy Millar, Sue-Anne Mclachlan, Meinir Krishnasamy, Peter Hudson, Vijaya Sundararajan
Leukemia & Lymphoma | TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019
Rapid change, treatment responsiveness, and prognostication difficulties present challenges for palliative care integration for hematology patients. This Australian study aimed to document end-of-life hospital care for patients with non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) to consider opportunities for palliative care integration. A retrospective population cohort design examining existing linked datasets of health service utilization and death registration. The results revealed 4380 NHL patients, majority male (58%) and aged 70+ years (70%), spent 32 days (median) in hospital in final 6 months of life, and in the last month, 56% had more than 1 hospital admission, and 57% stayed more than 14 days. Forty-..View full abstract
This study was funded by a peer reviewed grant from the Victorian Cancer Agency, Victoria, Australia.