Obesity associated with less hospice use

scales-1426079_1280A study led by researchers at University of Pittsburgh has found that obesity was associated with less hospice use and in-home death and more Medicare costs during the last six months of life. The team reported in Annals of Internal Medicine on the retrospective cohort study, using data from the Health and Retirement Study.

Morbidly obese patients were found to be the group least likely to use hospice.

Reference: John A. Harris eta l. The Relationship of Obesity to Hospice Use and Expenditures: A Cohort Study Annals of Internal Medicine. [Epub ahead of print 7 February 2017]


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