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Is It Time to Redesign Hospice? End-of-Life Care at the User Interface. Syracuse Seminar on Aging

David J. Casarett ()
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David J. Casarett: Division of Geriatrics, University of Pennsylvania, and the VA Center for Health Equity Research and Promotion.

No 35, Center for Policy Research Policy Briefs from Center for Policy Research, Maxwell School, Syracuse University

Abstract: Hospice is a system of end-of-life care that’s not used to its full potential. That is, hospice is not used in the way that would benefit patients and families as much as it could. My argument is that this is an issue of usability, or ergonomics—the science of design. I illustrate how to take what we have learned from the science of usability to make hospice more accessible and approachable, and to increase hospice use among those who would benefit from it. Underneath this discussion, though, there is a more fundamental question: Can we make hospice more usable or do we need to think about redesigning hospice entirely?

Keywords: nursing home; Medicare; Medicaid; long-term care; elderly; social welfare. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: I11 I23 I28 J14 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Pages: 28 pages
Date: 2007-02
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