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Editor's e-Note
Hospices can greatly relieve discomfort, extend life, and save money. Still most people are using hospice only as a last resort—too late to benefit patients and their families—which is unfortunate. More than one-quarter of hospice use in 2009 was for three days or less.

A recent study, published in the Journal of the American Medical Association, appeared with an editorial calling for an end to the aggressive intensive care and hospitalization at the end of life by improving communication between patients and physicians to determine what patients want.

This month’s e-News Exclusive provides more evidence of the benefits of hospice care, not only for patients but also for their spouses.

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— Marianne Mallon, editor
e-News Exclusive
Hospice Use Linked to Fewer Depressive Symptoms
for Surviving Spouses

Spouses of patients receiving hospice for three or more days more frequently reported reduced depression symptoms, compared with surviving spouses of patients who did not receive hospice, according to a study led by researchers at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.

This is the first national study to examine depressive symptoms as an outcome for spouses of people with all types of serious illnesses that used hospice care, which is designed to improve quality of life as opposed to offering “curative” disease treatments. Until now, studies demonstrating the benefits of hospice use on caregivers have been largely limited to cancer patients and their families, but hospice use has increased among those with other life-limiting illnesses. Currently, 45% of terminally ill patients in the United States die while receiving hospice care—an increase of more than 20% over the past decade.

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