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Obese Patients Receive Suboptimal End-of-Life Care

February 8, 2017

(Medscape) – Obesity is associated with diminished use of hospice services, leaving patients vulnerable to suboptimal end-of-life care, shows the first such study to explore the association. In an article published online February 7 in Annals of Internal Medicine, John Harris, MD, from the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine, Pennsylvania, and colleagues conclude that “the disparities in hospice use and Medicare expenditures by patient BMI [body mass index] provide an excellent opportunity for improvement.”

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