Journal article

The cost-effectiveness of the Citymission Hospice Programme, Melbourne

David R Dunt, Annie M Cantwell, Meredith J Temple-Smith

Palliative Medicine | SAGE Publications | Published : 1989


A quasiexperimental study evaluating the Citymission Hospice Programme, Melbourne, a demonstration programme funded by the WK Kellogg Foundation and the Federal Australian government, is described. Its cost-effectiveness is compared with the best available programme of care, as traditionally delivered. Sixty-five hospice and 55 control patients, and/or their family caregiver, were interviewed monthly until the patient's death, generating 271 patient and 195 caregiver interviews. Patients in the hospice group experienced a small but statistically significant reduction in pain, variously assessed at the first and last assessment. They also suffered similarly small but significant reductions in..

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