The nation's healthcare system has improved its ability to provide more palliative care to patients, but millions of seriously ill Americans still are without access to the quality-of-life centered care for the chronic and seriously ill, according to a study published by the Center to Advance Palliative Care.
Palliative-care organization releases state-by-state report card
Overall, the nation's palliative care effort received a grade of B, up from the C grade received the last time the study was conducted in 2008, according to a rundown of findings from the report, called America's Care of Serious Illness: A State-by-State Report Card on Access to Palliative Care in Our Nation's Hospital. The study was conducted by the Center to Advance Palliative Care and the National Palliative Care Research Center, both of which are affiliated with the Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York.
Holding the nation back from a higher grade are such things as marked geographic disparities in access and low rates of access to palliative care among public and sole community provider hospitals, according to a news release.
A separate survey of patients found that 92% of respondents would consider palliative care for seriously ill loved ones.
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