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Year 2021
October 2021

[Journal article] End-stage Organ Disease – Healthcare Utilisation: Impact of Palliative Medicine

20 Oct 2021

Authors: Allyn Hum, Chun Wei Yap, Mervyn Yong Hwang Koh

Summary points:

  • Patients with end stage organ disease (ESOD) have a symptom burden as significant as those suffering with end stage cancer. But they are less likely to receive palliative care support.
  • There is differential access to palliative care support even within different disease groups in ESOD. Earlier involvement of palliative care resulted in greater reduction in healthcare utilization
  • Palliative care is not only beneficial for the patient, but also for the justification of healthcare resource allocation in the promotion of care of ESOD patients within the community.

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