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Hospitalization pattern in a hospital-based palliative care program: an example from Saudi Arabia.
Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2009 Feb-Mar; 26(1):52-6.AJ

Abstract

The few palliative care programs available to date in Saudi Arabia are largely hospital-based. Subacute palliative care models have not been developed yet. This retrospective review was conducted to assess the patterns and outcomes of hospital-based palliative care unit admissions in the absence of subacute palliative care models. We reviewed 759 eligible palliative care unit admissions related to 629 cancer patients during a 4-year period. Of all admissions, 66% were hospitalized through the emergency room. The average hospital stay was 24 days. The majority (86%) of patients died in-hospital. These results suggest that end-of-life quality indicators are unlikely to improve depending on hospital-based palliative care models only. To improve palliative care services in Saudi Arabia, other subacute models may need to be considered.

Authors+Show Affiliations

Palliative Care Medicine Section, King Faisal Cancer Centre, King Faisal Specialist Hospital & Research Centre, Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. alsirafy@gmail.comNo affiliation info availableNo affiliation info available

Pub Type(s)

Journal Article

Language

eng

PubMed ID

18946057

Citation

Alsirafy, Samy A., et al. "Hospitalization Pattern in a Hospital-based Palliative Care Program: an Example From Saudi Arabia." The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, vol. 26, no. 1, 2009, pp. 52-6.
Alsirafy SA, Hassan AA, Al-Shahri MZ. Hospitalization pattern in a hospital-based palliative care program: an example from Saudi Arabia. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2009;26(1):52-6.
Alsirafy, S. A., Hassan, A. A., & Al-Shahri, M. Z. (2009). Hospitalization pattern in a hospital-based palliative care program: an example from Saudi Arabia. The American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care, 26(1), 52-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049909108324819
Alsirafy SA, Hassan AA, Al-Shahri MZ. Hospitalization Pattern in a Hospital-based Palliative Care Program: an Example From Saudi Arabia. Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2009 Feb-Mar;26(1):52-6. PubMed PMID: 18946057.
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