U.S. hospice patients by length of stay 2016

Distribution of U.S. hospice patients based on length of service in 2016

by Statista Research Department, last edited May 29, 2019
U.S. hospice patients by length of stay 2016 In the United States, over a quarter of hospice patients receive service for just a week or less. Hospice care involves caring for those who are terminally ill. Such care usually does not include treatment but focuses instead on making the end of life as comfortable as possible. Hospice teams can include nurses, home health aides, social workers and physicians.
Hospice providers

Hospice care can be provided at the patient’s home or in a facility, such as a nursing home, hospital or hospice care center. In 2016, there were around 4,380 hospice providers in the United States. Most hospice agencies are freestanding independent hospices, while a much smaller portion are part of a hospital system or part of a home health agency.

Hospice patients

In 2016, there were around 1.4 million hospice patients in the U.S. Females account for a larger portion of hospice patients than males and unsurprisingly, the majority of hospice patients are older than 84 years. Most hospice patients are at home at the time of their death.
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Distribution of U.S. hospice patients based on length of service in 2016

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Percentage of hospice patients
1-7 days27.9%
8-14 days12.6%
15-30 days13.7%
31-60 days12.6%
61-90 days7.7%
91-180 days12%
More than 180 days13.6%
Percentage of hospice patients
1-7 days27.9%
8-14 days12.6%
15-30 days13.7%
31-60 days12.6%
61-90 days7.7%
91-180 days12%
More than 180 days13.6%
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by Statista Research Department, last edited May 29, 2019
In the United States, over a quarter of hospice patients receive service for just a week or less. Hospice care involves caring for those who are terminally ill. Such care usually does not include treatment but focuses instead on making the end of life as comfortable as possible. Hospice teams can include nurses, home health aides, social workers and physicians.
Hospice providers

Hospice care can be provided at the patient’s home or in a facility, such as a nursing home, hospital or hospice care center. In 2016, there were around 4,380 hospice providers in the United States. Most hospice agencies are freestanding independent hospices, while a much smaller portion are part of a hospital system or part of a home health agency.

Hospice patients

In 2016, there were around 1.4 million hospice patients in the U.S. Females account for a larger portion of hospice patients than males and unsurprisingly, the majority of hospice patients are older than 84 years. Most hospice patients are at home at the time of their death.
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