Some hospice patients experience care transitions near life's end

Research has documented that end-of-life health care may be impacted by poor coordination and communication among healthcare providers. In fact, a report from the Institute of Medicine has suggested that people nearing the end of their lives – even those enrolled in hospice (a special type of care for people who are likely in their final months of life) – can experience multiple transitions between places where they receive care (also called "care settings").


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