Use of Comfort Care Increasing After Stroke, May Reduce Costs

The administration of comfort care intervention (CCI) to patients with acute ischemic stroke has increased in the United States, regardless of the type of acute treatment these patients receive, a new study suggests. But researchers did find gender-, race-, and region-based disparities in the administration of CCI. In addition, patients who received thrombolysis or thrombectomy were more likely to receive comfort care than those who did not. Other results showed that over time, provision of comfort care was associated with reduced in-hospital mortality compared with other dispositions, as well as with reduced costs per hospitalization. Although CCI is now used more widely than before, a gap between need and utilization is apparent.

Links: Medscape (4/2021) (article is available open access on Medscape with free registration)