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2003 National Healthcare Quality Report

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Median length of stay for cancer patients who received hospice care.

Measure Source

National Center for Health Statistics.


1.14 Median length of stay for cancer patients received hospice care, United States, 2000.

Data Source

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics, National Home and Hospice Care Survey.


Hospice discharges October 1, 1999 through September 30, 2000 with a diagnosis of malignant neoplasm (ICD-9-CM codes 140-208, 230-234).

Hospice care is defined as a program of palliative and supportive care services providing physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care for dying persons, their families, and other loved ones. Hospice services are available in both home and inpatient settings.

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