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Title: Which late-stage Alzheimer's patients should be referred for hospice care?
Author: Modi, Seema; Moore, Cassandra
Keywords: Minimum Data Set (MDS)
Medicare guidelines
Functional Assessment Staging Scale (FAST)
mortality
Date: 2005-11
Publisher: Family Physicians Inquiries Network
Citation: Journal of Family Practice, 54(11) 2005: 984-986.
Abstract: Medicare guidelines are used to determine eligibility for hospice care (strength of recommendation [SOR]: C, based on expert opinion), but they correlate with 6-month mortality no better than an experienced clinician's judgment (SOR: B, based on 1 cohort study). Recent studies, however, have identified additional criteria that may better predict survival in select populations.
URI: http://hdl.handle.net/10355/3389

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