The association of marital status and hospice use in the USA

Nuha A. Lackan, Glenn V. Ostir, Yong Fang Kuo, Jean L. Freeman

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Background: Married individuals are more likely to use hospice than unmarried individuals. We examine this association and how it is influenced by gender. Methods: Medicare beneficiaries dying of cancer were studied. Results: Currently married (OR 1.36 95% C.I. 1.28-1.45) or ever married (OR 1.23 95% C.I. 1.16-1.31) subjects were more likely to use hospice than never married subjects. A significant interaction between marital status and gender (P<.001) was observed. Conclusions: Subjects likely to enroll in hospice are subjects likely to have greater supportive relationships.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)160-162
Number of pages3
JournalPalliative Medicine
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2005


  • Cancer
  • Elderly
  • End-of-life care
  • Hospice
  • Marital status

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Anesthesiology and Pain Medicine


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