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Hospice Care for Patients With Advanced Lung Disease*

Janet L. Abrahm, MD; John Hansen-Flaschen, MD
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*From the Pain and Palliative Care Program (Dr. Abrahm), Dana-Farber Cancer Institute and the Brigham and Women’s Hospital, Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA; and Pulmonary, Allergy and Critical Care Division (Dr. Hansen-Flaschen), University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Correspondence to: John Hansen-Flaschen, MD, 873 Maloney Building, Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania, 3400 Spruce St, Philadelphia, PA 19096; e-mail: jflash@mail.med.upenn.edu



Chest. 2002;121(1):220-229. doi:10.1378/chest.121.1.220
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Hospices are organized programs of support services for patients in the advanced stages of a terminal illness and their families. Although hospices serve dying patients regardless of diagnosis, limited available evidence suggests that these programs are relatively underutilized by patients dying of nonmalignant lung diseases. One explanation may be a lower awareness of hospice eligibility criteria and services among pulmonologists than oncologists. The unpredictability of death from advanced lung disease is another likely reason. Certain limitations on federal and private insurance coverage for patients with advanced lung disease probably contribute as well. For those patients who do enroll, hospice offers expert palliation of physical, psychological, social, and spiritual distress, as well as practical support for home care needs, hospitalization for short-term control of symptoms, and inpatient respite care for relief of home caregivers. Hospice workers view dying as an active phase of life filled with the pursuit of goals that patients and family members wish to complete before or shortly after the end of life. This article reviews hospice care in the United States with particular attention to eligibility criteria and services available for patients who are dying of an advanced lung disease. Specific recommendations are offered for referring respiratory disease patients to hospice programs.


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