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Wang SY, Aldridge MD, Gross CP
End-of-life care transition patterns of Medicare beneficiaries.
The researchers characterized the patterns of transitions in care and factors associated with multiple transitions in the last 6 months of life of U.S. decedents (N = 660,132). They found that 218,731 had four or more transitions within the last 6 months of life. Women, blacks, individuals younger than 85, and individuals without dementia were more likely to have four or more transitions.
Citation: Wang SY, Aldridge MD, Gross CP . End-of-life care transition patterns of Medicare beneficiaries. J Am Geriatr Soc 2017 Jul;65(7):1406-13. doi: 10.1111/jgs.14891.
Keywords: Elderly, Medicare, Palliative Care, Transitions of Care