At the Eleventh Hour: Psychosocial Factors that Contribute to Delayed Hospice Care for Terminally Ill Older Adults

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The purpose of this study was to explore how psychosocial factors, including interactions with the healthcare system, become barriers to timely hospice referral. The study investigated the perspectives of both hospice professionals and family caregivers who have provided late car about psychosocial factors that both contribute to and result from short hospice utilization.

Principal Investigator: Deborah P. Waldrop
Funding Source: Hartford Faculty Scholars Program
Funding Period: April 1, 2001 - March 31, 2003
Funding Amount: $100,000

For more information on this project, contact Deborah P. Waldrop at or 716-645-1231.