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Palliative Care Usage in Young Adult Oncology Population

Journal title
Journal of palliative medicine
Publication year
2019
Author(s)
Foster, K. D.; Chuzi, S.; Beaumont, J. L.; Kircher, S.; Smith, M.; Sanford, S.; Mohindra, N.
Pages
1425-1429
Volume
22
Number
11

Context: Early integration of palliative care (PC) into adult oncology practice has been shown to improve quality of life and health care utilization; however, little is known about PC in young adults with cancer. Objectives: Our primary objective was to determine rates and timing of PC consultation in young adult patients with advanced solid tumor cancer at a single institution. Methods: We conducted a retrospective analysis of young adults of age 18-39 years with advanced solid tumor malignancy at an urban academic medical center between June 1, 2014 and June 30, 2015. Results: Of 129 patients identified, 70 of 129 (54%) had a PC consult and 34 of 70 were inpatient-only consults. PC consults occurred for a median of 104 days before death, and for those with inpatient-only consults, PC consults occurred for a median of 18 days. Patients with worse recent Eastern Cooperative Oncology Group (ECOG) performance status were more likely to have had a PC consult (p?

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