Studies indicate that the hospice patient’s overall Quality of Life indicators remain stable with less depressive episodes during palliative periods when measured by a valid and reliable instrument. The latest National Hospice data revealed that quality of life scores for terminally ill patients were higher among home health hospice patients than similar patients receiving conventional non-hospice care.*
A study published in the Journal of Pain and Symptom Management reports that hospice care may prolong the lives of some terminally ill patients. Those with congestive heart failure (CHF) showed the longest increase in lifespan by about 2.5 months to 402 days.
*Source: Quality of Life Research, Vol. 3, No. 6, Dec. 1994.