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Complementary and Alternative Therapies in Hospice: The National Home and Hospice Care Survey: United States, 2007

By Anita Bercovitz, Manisha Sengupta, Adrienne Jones, Lauren D. Harris-Kojetin

Category Government Documents
Abstract

Objective—This report presents national estimates on the provision and use 
of complementary and alternative therapies (CAT) in hospice. Comparisons of 
organizational characteristics of hospice care providers are presented by whether 
the provider offered CAT. Comparisons of selected characteristics of patients 
discharged from hospice are presented by whether they received care from a 
provider that offered CAT, and whether they received a CAT service. 
Methods—Estimates are based on data from the 2007 National Home and 
Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS), conducted by the Centers for Disease Control 
and Prevention’s National Center for Health Statistics. 
Results—In 2007, 41.8% of hospice care providers offered CAT services, 
had a CAT provider on staff or under contract, or both. Among hospice care 
providers offering CAT, over one-half offered massage (71.7%), supportive group 
therapy (69.0%), music therapy (62.2%), pet therapy (58.6%), or guided imagery 
or relaxation (52.7%). Of the hospice care providers that offered CAT, 21.5% had 
at least one discharged hospice patient who received CAT during hospice care. 
Overall, 4.9% of all discharged hospice patients received at least one CAT from 
the hospice care provider. Over one-half of discharged patients (56.5%) received 
care from a provider that offered CAT, and of those, 8.6% received at least one 
CAT from the hospice care provider during their stays. There were no differences 
in demographics, health, functional status, or admission diagnoses between 
patients discharged from hospice either by whether they received care from a 
provider that offered CAT or whether they received CAT

Submitter

Angel Tobey administrator

Purdue University

Date 2011
Pages 20
Series National Health Statistics Reports
Publisher CDC, National Center for Health Statistics
Department US Department of Health and Human Services
URL http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/nhsr/nhsr033.pdf
Language English
Tags
  1. Advance directives
  2. Animal-assisted therapies
  3. End of life
  4. Hospice care
  5. Pain management
  6. Palliative Care
  7. Pet therapy
  8. Quality of Care