Evaluation of End-of-Life Care for Prostate Cancer in the Managed Care Environment

The objective of this study was to examine different factors affecting care for terminally ill prostate cancer patients. Medical record abstraction was the primary data collection modality. Data were collected on 300 prostate cancer deaths. We learned that collecting hospice data from our internal hospices created challenges. We also learned that the rate of hospice use among men dying of prostate cancer exceeded 80%, but the length of stay in hospice was only 5 weeks.

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