Cancer patients in good general condition can receive aggressive anti-cancer treatment, while palliative care is most appropriate for advanced cancer patients. In China, patients admit to 3A hospitals regardless of the disease stage. Given the limited number of 3A hospital beds, high price, low quality of life, family sickbed is emerging. With one-to-one help of The Second Affiliated Hospital of FMU, Dongshi Township Health Center (DTHC) established the first family sickbed project for oncology patients (FSOP) in China.
A retrospective survey was adopted to analyze the general clinical data of patients, hospitalization days and expenses, the types of medical insurance and the opioid analgesics drugs used of 225 patients. And, we carried out telephone follow-up to collect the data concerning the patient’s survival and satisfaction with FSOP service.
From 2015 to 2017, 225 patients were admitted to FSOP. Of 225 patients, 192 (85.3%) were males and 33 (14.7%) were females with ages from 24 to 91 years. The most common disease categories were lung cancer, esophagus cancer, liver cancer. 216 out of 225 patients purchased the NCMS Insurance. During those 3 years, the average total hospitalization expenses, the average personal expenses, the average personal expenses ratio, the average reimbursement ratio, and the average hospitalization days of all patients were 3824.24yuan, 1195.34yuan, 34.64%, 65.37% and 11.79 days, respectively. 51 out of 225 patients suffered pain and needed to eat painkillers. The use of Morphine tablets and OxyContin increased year by year, conforming to the principle of the WHO’s three-step analgesic ladder. Follow-up results showed that 37 (18.5%, 37/200) patients were survive, and 177 patients or family members (88.5%, 177/200) were fully satisfied with FSOP’s service.
Since 2015, the DTHC has provided considerate home care, resulting in a high level of patient and family members satisfaction. Admitting to FSOP can lower the hospitalization expenses, decrease the burden of economy and life, improve the quality of life, and relieve the pain, both mental and physical. Moreover, FSOP will be a more appropriate place to spend the last days for advanced cancer patients.
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