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Huo J, Lairson DR, Du XL
Survival and cost-effectiveness of hospice care for metastatic melanoma patients.
The authors analyzed the association of hospice use with survival and health care costs among patients diagnosed with metastatic melanoma. They found that the median survival time was 6.1 months for patients with no hospice care, 6.5 months for patients enrolled in hospice for 1 to 3 days, and 10.2 months for patients enrolled for 4 or more days. Patients with 4 or more days of hospice care incurred lower end-of-life costs than the comparison groups.
Citation: Huo J, Lairson DR, Du XL . Survival and cost-effectiveness of hospice care for metastatic melanoma patients. Am J Manag Care 2014 May;20(5):366-73.
Keywords: Cancer, Cancer: Skin Cancer, Healthcare Costs, Palliative Care, Patient-Centered Outcomes Research