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Hospice-Physician Education New Special Report

MANASQUAN, NJ -- MANASQUAN, NJ -- "How Stronger Hospice-Physician Education Programs Can Improve End-of-Life Care, ALOS and Your Bottom Line," a new special report, has been published by Health Resouces Publishing. The report offers information for hospice professionals on how to improve access to care for the terminally ill.

Produced by the editorial staff of the "Hospice Letter," the report provides emerging trends in integrated hospice, physician and patient palliative care developments, physician education to improve the quality of end-of-life care, keys to improving end-of-life care efforts, tips on how to increase referrals and admissions and how discussing advance directives early and pre-hospice programs can ease the transition.

Also included in the 78 page report are strategies for developing effective, ongoing programs to strengthen referral programs and average length of stay, proven tips and methods for education and referral programs that are working elsewhere, and suggestions on building relationships with physicians and other referral sources in the community.

The report explores why more hospices are devoting time, money and resources to physician education programs, and five ways physicians may improve end-of-life care.

"This issues need to be addressed because of the late referrals and the number patients who could benefit from hospice care who are being referred to hospice programs too late," said Robert K. Jenkins, publisher of hospice letter.

"There are a number of factors that go along with this, but the single greatest opportunity for improving referral to hospice and paliative care lies with the physician," Jenkins said.

Researchers found that even nurses need more end-of-life education and the report includes how a $2.24 million grant is supporting end-of-life nursing education as a training project.

More information about the How Stronger Hospice-Physician Education Programs Can Improve End-of-Life Care, ALOS and Your Bottom Line is available online at:

How Stronger Hospice-Physician Education Programs Can Improve End-of-Life Care, ALOS and Your Bottom Line costs $95 and is available from the Health Resources Publishing, 1-800-516-4343, fax 1-888-329-6242, or from leading bookstores. Secure orders may be placed online at

For additional information, contact Health Resources Publishing, P.O. Box 456, Allenwood, NJ 08720; call toll-free 1-800-516-4343, fax toll-free 1-888-329-6242, e-mail, or visit

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