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Identifying Predictors of Hospice Eligibility in Patients With Parkinson Disease.
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PMID:  23975684     Owner:  NLM     Status:  Publisher    
This study aims to improve recognition of hospice eligibility for patients with Parkinson disease (PD) by ascertaining which variables have a higher probability of occurring uniquely in 6 to 12 months before death when compared to 18 to 24 months before death. Participants were 339 patients who died who were diagnosed with PD or Parkinsonism and treated with dopaminergic prescriptions for at least 3 years in northwestern US Veterans Affairs medical centers. A range of indicators were compared across 3 time periods (30-36 months, 24-18 months, and 12-6 months before death) using within-subjects repeated measures design. Results indicate that body mass index less than 18, alone or combined with a shift in prescribing (when benefits of dopaminergic medications no longer outweigh their risk of side effects), may signal appropriate timing for hospice referral.
Elizabeth R Goy; Amanda Bohlig; Julie Carter; Linda Ganzini
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Publication Detail:
Type:  JOURNAL ARTICLE     Date:  2013-8-23
Journal Detail:
Title:  The American journal of hospice & palliative care     Volume:  -     ISSN:  1938-2715     ISO Abbreviation:  Am J Hosp Palliat Care     Publication Date:  2013 Aug 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2013-8-26     Completed Date:  -     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9008229     Medline TA:  Am J Hosp Palliat Care     Country:  -    
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Languages:  ENG     Pagination:  -     Citation Subset:  -    
1Mental Health Division, Portland Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Portland, OR, USA.
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