From 1998 to 2003, staff at the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization, Alexandria, Va., conducted a national hospice outcomes project to assess the impact of various treatment strategies on the quality of hospice care.
The nonprofit National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization represents U.S. hospice and palliative care programs and professionals.
Project staff conducted a study with 13 hospices to collect data on pain control, dyspnea and self-determined life closure for 1,306 hospice patients.
The project was part of the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation's (RWJF) national program Targeted End-of-Life Projects Initiative.
Project staff reported the following preliminary findings (as of April 2004):