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Dartmouth Atlas: Poor Care for Terminal Cancer Patients Widespread
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In a study that surprised its researchers, National Cancer Institute-designated hospitals as well as academic centers provided their dying oncology patients the same low level of palliative, comfort care or hospice services as community hospitals.

And overall, the amount of aggressive and futile care, such as chemotherapy in the last two weeks of life, was disturbingly higher than expected across all hospital types, and not according to established quality measures, with wide variation among hospitals within each type.

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