By Frederik Joelving – Tue May 17, 3:28 pm ET
NEW YORK (Reuters Health) – Terminally ill patients who opt to receive hospice care won’t die any faster as a result of that choice, according to Korean researchers.
Their findings add to a recent U.S. debate over hospices, which some fear might accelerate the decline of very sick people.
Hospice care focuses on easing the pain and distress of people whose doctors have ruled out any chance of recovery, instead of offering aggressive medical treatment, which often comes with side effects.
In the U.S., most people receive hospice care at home. The major goal is to make patients comfortable as the end of life nears, using techniques that are not available from other medical specialties.
I think some people live longer on Hospice, with the extra care and attention to comfort.