Examining Last Year of Life in Children with Life-Threatening CCCs

Although many adults experience resource-intensive and costly healthcare in the last year of life, less is known about these healthcare experiences in children with life-threatening complex chronic conditions (CCCs). In a study by Ananth et al, the authors sought to describe the characteristics, resource use and healthcare costs for children with life-threatening CCCs in the last year of life and to determine which medical interventions were administered in the terminal admission.

They found that hospital use for children with life-threatening CCCs in the last year of life varies significantly across the type and number of conditions. They also found that children with hematologic/immunologic or multiple conditions have the greatest hospital use.

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