Hospice Use Among Patients With Cancer: Trends, Barriers, and Future Directions.

Journal Article (Journal Article;Review)

Patients with advanced cancer and their families frequently encounter clinical and logistical challenges related to end-of-life care. Hospice provides interdisciplinary and holistic care to meet patients' biomedical, psychosocial, and spiritual needs in the last phases of life. Despite increasing general acceptance and use among patients with cancer, hospice remains underused. Underuse stems from ongoing misconceptions regarding hospice and its purpose, coupled with the rapid development of novel anticancer treatments, such as immunotherapies and targeted therapies, that have changed the landscape of possibilities. Furthermore, rapid evolutions in how end-of-life care is structured and reimbursed for will affect how oncology patients will intersect with hospice care. In this review, we explore the current and future challenges to greater integration of hospice care in the care of patients with advanced cancer and propose five recommendations as part of the path forward.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Patel, MN; Nicolla, JM; Friedman, FAP; Ritz, MR; Kamal, AH

Published Date

  • December 2020

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 16 / 12

Start / End Page

  • 803 - 809

PubMed ID

  • 33186083

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 2688-1535

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1200/OP.20.00309


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States