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Hospice, Palliative and End of Life Care Statistics

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Updated: November 27, 2006

Hospice, Palliative and End of Life Care Statistics

Hospice Admission Statistics from 2005 Pie Chart
Hospice Admissions from 2005
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The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization and the National Association for Home Care and Hospice provided updated facts and figures representing data collected in 2005 as part of November's National Hospice and Palliative Care Month.

Interesting findings from these statistics include:

  • In 2005 1.2 million people with life-limiting illness received care from one of the nation’s hospices. This number was an increase of more than 150,000 people from 2004. (This number includes 800,000 who died, 200,000 that were admitted in 2005 and still alive in 2006 and 200,000 patients who were discharged alive.)
  • Approximately one-third of all deaths in the United States were under the care of a hospice program.
  • The average length of hospice service increased from 57 to 59 days.
  • The median length of stay also increased from 22 to 25 days.
  • Number of hospice programs in the United States grew from 3,650 to 4,160.
  • Cancer diagnoses continue to account for less than half of all hospice admissions at only 46 percent. The top non-cancer diagnoses for being admitted to hospice include heart disease, dementia, debility, lung and kidney disease. (See Diagram)
  • Pediatric Palliative care programs are increasing with twenty percent of hospice programs actively provide or are developing pediatric palliative care programs.
  • One in five patients admitted to hospice are of a minority race.

Sources:
Caring Connections. What is Hospice? National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. 6 November 2006.
National Association for Home Care and Hospice. Hospice Fact Sheet. 5 November 2006.
National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization. Hospice Facts and Figures. 4 November 2006.

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