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Factors Important to Patients' Quality of Life at the End of Life

Posted Jul 10 2012 8:47am

A new study in the Archives of Internal Medicine identifies the "Factors Important to Patients' Quality of Life at the End of Life."  Factors tending to negatively affect QOL include:

  • Intensive care unit stay, −5.61 
  • Death in the hospital, −3.03 
  • Worry or anxiousness, −0.39 
  • Chemotherapy during the last week of life, −3.46
  • Feeding tube during the last week of life, −3.54 

Factors tending to positively affect QOL include:

  • Pastoral care in the hospital or clinic, 1.60 
  • Therapeutic alliance with physician, 1.45 
  • Religious activities prior to cancer diagnosis, 0.66 



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