Trajectories of Hospitalization Cost Among Patients of End-Stage Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Study in China
AbstractThis study was conducted to investigate the trajectory of hospitalization costs, and to assess the determinants related to the membership of the identified trajectories, with the view of recommending future research directions. A retrospective study was performed in urban Yichang, China, where a total of 134 end-stage lung cancer patients were selected. The latent class analysis (LCA) model was used to investigate the heterogeneity in the trajectory of hospitalization cost amongst the different groups that were identified. A multi-nominal logit model was applied to explore the attributes of different classes. Three classes were defined as follows: Class 1 represented the trajectory with minimal cost, which had increased over the last two months. Classes 2 and 3 consisted of patients that incurred high costs, which had declined with the impending death of the patient. Patients in class 3 had a higher average cost than those in Class 2. The level of education, hospitalization, and place of death, were the attributes of membership to the different classes. LCA was useful in quantifying heterogeneity amongst the patients. The results showed the attributes were embedded in hospitalization cost trajectories. These findings are applicable to early identification and intervention in palliative care. Future studies should focus on the validation of the proposed model in clinical settings, as well as to identify the determinants of early discharge or aggressive care. View Full-Text
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Li, Z.; Jiang, S.; He, R.; Dong, Y.; Pan, Z.; Xu, C.; Lu, F.; Zhang, P.; Zhang, L. Trajectories of Hospitalization Cost Among Patients of End-Stage Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Study in China. Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 2018, 15, 2877.
Li Z, Jiang S, He R, Dong Y, Pan Z, Xu C, Lu F, Zhang P, Zhang L. Trajectories of Hospitalization Cost Among Patients of End-Stage Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Study in China. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health. 2018; 15(12):2877.Chicago/Turabian Style
Li, Zhong; Jiang, Shan; He, Ruibo; Dong, Yihan; Pan, Zijin; Xu, Chengzhong; Lu, Fangfang; Zhang, Pei; Zhang, Liang. 2018. "Trajectories of Hospitalization Cost Among Patients of End-Stage Lung Cancer: A Retrospective Study in China." Int. J. Environ. Res. Public Health 15, no. 12: 2877.
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