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