Examining End-of-Life Case Management: Systematic Review

Roger E Thomas, Donna M Wilson, Stephen Birch, Boris Woytowich

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    Case management was initiated in the 1970s to reduce care discontinuity. A literature review focused on end-of-life (EOL) case management identified 17 research articles, with content analysis revealing two themes: (a) seeking to determine or establish the value of EOL case management and (b) identifying ways to improve EOL case management. The evidence, although limited, suggests that EOL case management is helpful to dying individuals and their families. Research is needed to more clearly illustrate its usefulness or outcomes and the extent of need for it and actual availability. Among other benefits, EOL case management may help reduce hospital utilization, a major concern with the high cost of hospital-based care and the increased desire for home-based EOL care.

    Original languageEnglish
    Article number651681
    Pages (from-to)1-14
    Number of pages14
    JournalNursing Research and Practice
    Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2014


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