No ‘good death’ for obese patients

Obese patients may be missing out on hospice care because doctors have trouble determining that the end is near.

At least, that’s the case in the US, where researchers have found the heavier someone is, the less likely they are to have a 'good death' and receive high-quality, end-of-life care.

The study of more than 5600 elderly people found that obese seniors were less likely to die at home, and if they did enter a hospice, they spent fewer days in the facility than those with a lower BMI.

In all, 38% the  group used hospice services but those

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