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End-of-life care: More intensive, but less time in hospital

What constitutes end-of-life care in the U.S. is changing. We’re spending less time in the hospital in our final months, even as we get more visits from health care professionals.

That’s the finding of a recent report by the Dartmouth Atlas Project.

Researchers found that since 2007, chronically ill Medicare patients spent less time in the hospital and received more hospice care than they did in 2003. Even so, those patients generally received more intense medical care, including more time in intensive care units and more visits from specialists.

The researchers said the capacity growth of intensive care and other specialties may be the driver behind the more aggressive care.

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