Study identifies multiple care transitions in end-of-life care for hospice patients

February 17, 2016

Although hospice is embraced for the quality care for people nearing the end of life, a study led by the Yale School of Public Health finds many patients experience multiple transitions, disrupting their routines and placing them at heightened risk for medical errors. Researchers found that 10.2% of patients experienced at least one healthcare transition after their hospice enrollment. And in some states, the proportion with at least one transition exceeded 20%. A total of 6.6% of hospice patients had between two to 19 care transitions, 53.4% of which were transitions to a hospital. The study, published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, is one of the first to examine the number and types of transitions that hospice patients experience before death.