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Lay health workers can assist with end-of-life care

Patel MI et al. JAMA Oncology. 2018 Jul 26. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2446.

Key clinical point: Lay health workers helped advanced cancer patients document their treatment preferences and reduced end of life costs.

Major finding: 92.4% of patients working with LHWs had their preferences recorded at 6 months, compared with 17.6% of controls.

Study details: Randomized, controlled trial of 213 patients with stage 3 or 4 recurrent cancer.

Disclosures: The study was funded by the Department of Veterans Affairs, the National Institutes of Health, and the California Healthcare Foundation.

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Patel MI et al. JAMA Oncology. 2018 Jul 26. doi: 10.1001/jamaoncol.2018.2446.