Rates and risks for late referral to hospice in patients with primary malignant brain tumors
Referral and Consultation
Late hospice referral in PMBT is common. PMBT patients enrolled late in hospice are severely neurologically debilitated at the time hospice is initiated and therefore may not derive optimal benefit from multidisciplinary hospice care. Men, patients with lower socioeconomic status, and those without a health care proxy may be at risk for late hospice care and may benefit from proactive discussion about end-of-life care in PMBT, but prospective studies are needed.