Day hospice care--a review of the literature

Palliat Med. 1998 Jul;12(4):219-29. doi: 10.1191/026921698675529940.


This paper traces the development and evaluation of day care hospice provision through analysis of the available literature. The CD-ROM was utilized to access and review the Medline, CINAHL and Healthstar databases. In addition, a hand search of Progress in Palliative Care was conducted. The literature describes the provision of a service within a day hospice, and access to day hospice services. Issues regarding the provision of a day hospice as a mechanism to meet consumer needs are explored. The literature reveals little evaluation of evidence-based practice or of the cost-effectiveness of day hospice provision. There is a dearth of research relating to day care, evaluation studies in particular. It is clearly important that future research compares outcomes with other models of service provision.

Publication types

  • Review

MeSH terms

  • Community Health Services / organization & administration
  • Cost-Benefit Analysis
  • Day Care, Medical / economics
  • Day Care, Medical / organization & administration*
  • Day Care, Medical / standards
  • Delivery of Health Care
  • Forecasting
  • Health Services Accessibility
  • Health Services Needs and Demand
  • Health Services Research
  • Hospice Care / economics
  • Hospice Care / organization & administration*
  • Hospice Care / standards
  • Humans
  • Patient Satisfaction
  • Quality of Health Care