The Division of Health Care Statistics (DHCS) and the Long-Term Care Statistics Branch (LTCSB) are pleased to announce the release of National Health Statistics Report #38: Home Health Care and Discharged Hospice Care Patients: United States, 2000 and 2007. This report can be accessed on the National Home and Hospice Care Survey (NHHCS) data products page http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhhcs/nhhcs_products.htm; scroll down to data year 2007.
In 2007, there were 1,045,100 discharged hospice care patients. The majority of discharged patients were aged 65 or over, female, and white and most were discharged deceased. Their median length of service was 16 days and the most common primary diagnosis at admission was malignant neoplasm. Most of them had at least one type of advance care planning instrument, and about one-fourth had three or more types of these instruments.