Evaluation of Hospice Referral and Palliative Care for Ovarian Cancer in the Managed Care Environment

The objective of this CDC task order was to describe end of life symptoms, care and factors that may be associated with care (or lack of it) for women who die of ovarian cancer. An important goal of this study was to examine end-of-life care among a group of these patients who are diverse in terms of race, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, and geographic location. A special focus of this project was the experience of end-of-life care in managed care organizations where patients have comprehensive health insurance coverage for physicians' services, hospital care, emergency room care, surgical procedures, radiology procedures, laboratory tests, prescribed drugs, home health care, and hospice care.

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