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Rocke DJ, Beumer HW, Taylor DH, Jr.
Physician and patient and caregiver health attitudes and their effect on Medicare resource allocation for patients with advanced cancer.
The investigators sought to determine how baseline attitudes toward quality vs quantity of life affect end-of-life resource allocation. They found that, compared with patients and caregivers, otolaryngology-head and neck surgery (OHNS) physician allocations differed significantly in all 15 benefit categories except home care. They concluded that understanding the effect of baseline attitudes is important for effective end-of-life discussions.
Citation: Rocke DJ, Beumer HW, Taylor DH, Jr. . Physician and patient and caregiver health attitudes and their effect on Medicare resource allocation for patients with advanced cancer. JAMA Otolaryngol Head Neck Surg 2014 Jun;140(6):497-503. doi: 10.1001/jamaoto.2014.494.
Keywords: Cancer, Caregiving, Medicare, Palliative Care, Provider: Physician, Quality of Life, Value