School of Medicine
Economic impact of palliative care among elderly cancer patients
- Author(s): LeBrett, Wendi
- et al.
Randomized trials among advanced cancer patients demonstrate that early palliative care integration into usual oncology care reduces symptom burden, improves quality of life and caregiver outcomes, and may improve survival. The impact of palliative care on health economics remains poorly defined and reported cost savings are an unintentional consequence of providing care aligned with patient goals. This study determined the impact of palliative care on healthcare costs among elderly patients with advanced cancer.