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Study Finds Hospice Leads to Higher Satisfaction for CKD Patients

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Care focused on extending life rather than comfort among patients with advanced chronic kidney disease correlated with lower patient and family satisfaction whether or not the patients had received dialysis, according to a recent study published in the Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology, writes Hospice News. Receipt of hospice or palliative care was associated with higher levels of satisfaction.

A team of researchers conducted a nationwide retrospective observational study among a 9,993 veterans with advanced chronic kidney disease who died in U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs facilities between 2009 and 2015. The team evaluated associations between patterns of end-of-life care and receipt of dialysis with levels of satisfaction reported by families following patients’ deaths.

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