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Analysis of discharged Hispanic hospice patients

The intent of this secondary analysis was to examine the demographic and psychosocial characteristics of discharged hospice patients who were Latino or Hispanic. Additionally, this secondary analysis sought to explore differences in the characteristics of discharged hospice patients who were Latino or Hispanic and those discharged patients who were non-Hispanic. This quantitative study utilized a pre-existing data set from a 2007 National Home and Hospice Care Survey on 9152 home health patients and hospice discharges through medical records made available by 1036 agencies. From the 9152 sampled patients, 4.8% (n=439) identified as Hispanic or Latino origin. The large majority of patients were living with a spouse or significant other during the time of receiving services. Daughters and son in-laws caregivers were more common for the Hispanic patients. And lastly, the Hispanic patients were less likely to use bereavement and pastoral services when compared to non-Hispanic patients.

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