Access to Hospice Programs: Barriers to Eligibility
Scott, Amanda Lynn
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Purpose: To explore previously conducted research on hospice program accessibility and to identify the barriers to hospice care that are contributing to the gap between those who deserve and qualify for optimal end-of-life care and those who receive it. Data Sources: Peer-reviewed medical and nursing journals, The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO), National Alliance for Hospice Access (NAHA), and Medicare governmental website. Conclusions: The published articles reviewed identified predominate barriers that have persisted from the inception of hospice programs until current day. Funding policies, eligibility requirements, and societal views on death and dying by both health care workers and the general public, continue to remain among the top barriers. Implications for practice: The advanced practice nurse has a unique opportunity to initiate hospice care dialogue for patients, families, and other health care workers.