Use of resources for oncologic patients during last month of life: the role of PADES (home care and support teams programme)

Picaza JM, Serra-Prat M, Gallo P
Record ID 32001000034
Catalan, English, Spanish
Authors' objectives:

The aim of this report is to summarise the use of resources during the last year of life of those patients undergoing palliative treatment and who died from cancer in 1998 in the town of Mataro, considering the use of PADES or not. The report intends, therefore, to quantify the health care resources consumed by the mentioned population, as well as to estimate the potential savings that this type of home service may produce.

Authors' recommendations: Terminal-stage cancer patients attended in the PADES have a lower consumption of hospital resources, have fewer admissions at the palliative care units, fewer emergency consultations and fewer external consultations than the alternative not using the PADES team. Translation into monetary units of this use of resources shows differences between both health care alternatives ranging from 72,654 to 185,263 Pta. per patient during the last month of life, according to the considered setting, which may lead to considerable savings of health care resources. However, the impact of the different palliative care alternatives on the quality of life of patients and their families should also be measured, together with the impact on the consumption of resources, and by means of reliable, valid scales and tools.
Authors' methods: Overview
Project Status: Completed
Year Published: 2000
English language abstract: An English language summary is available
Publication Type: Not Assigned
Country: Spain
MeSH Terms
  • Costs and Cost Analysis
  • Home Care Services
  • Neoplasms
  • Palliative Care
Organisation Name: Agencia de Qualitat i Avaluacio Sanitries de Catalunya
Contact Address: Antoni Parada, CAHTA, Roc Boronat, 81-95 (2nd floor), 08005 Barcelona, Spain, Tel. +34 935 513 928, Fax: +34 935 517 510
Contact Name: /
Contact Email: /
Copyright: Catalan Agency for Health Technology Assessment and Research (CAHTA)
This is a bibliographic record of a published health technology assessment from a member of INAHTA or other HTA producer. No evaluation of the quality of this assessment has been made for the HTA database.