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Hosp J. 1998;13(3):1-20.

Comparison of the high-tech service delivery experiences of hospice and non-hospice home health providers.

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Graduate School of Social Work & Social Research, Bryn Mawr College, PA 19010-1697, USA.

Abstract

This study examined the degree to which national samples of hospice and non-hospice home health care agencies (N = 154) present different organizational profiles and grapple with different patient capacity issues when delivering technology-enhanced services to incapacitated elderly. Hospice agencies employ more part-time staff, make more in-home visits, see more high-tech patients, and provide a wider range of high-tech services than non-hospice providers. Factor analysis of index data confirms that hospice staff have more experience (p < .05) addressing the legal/ethical dimensions of care. Specifically, hospices deal with "right to die" issues more often (p < .05), but not with "delegation of authority" and "patient rights" issues. More agencies of both types have policies for handling decisions about life-sustaining treatment than for dealing with patients having questionable decision-making capacity. Needed agency policies for dealing with limited patient decision-making capacity in hospice and non-hospice home care agencies are reviewed.

PMID:
9677954
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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