Starting in 1997, investigators at the Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, Boston, analyzed the effects of advanced patient age on resource use in hospitals, clinical outcomes for the patient and the cost-effectiveness of selected life-sustaining treatments.
The analysis used data from the Study to Understand Prognoses and Preferences for Outcomes and Risks of Treatments (SUPPORT). See the 1997 Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Anthology chapter, "Insights from SUPPORT"), a seminal study of the end-of-life experience of seriously ill hospitalized patients.
This project was part of RWJF's Targeted End-of Life Projects Initiative, which advances RWJF's objective to improve care at the end of life.
Age-related differences in treatment decisions, clinical outcomes and cost- effectiveness of life-extending care for seriously ill hospitalized adults.
Factors associated with treatment decisions for patients at the end of life.
Preferences for care among patients at the end of life.
How people die with different diseases.
Analyses of the cost-effectiveness of life-extending treatments.