Study describes socioeconomic trends in the utilization of palliative care in patients with diffuse large B-cell lymphoma.

According to a presentation at the ASH Annual Meeting and Exposition, patients treated in integrated cancer centers had higher use of palliative care, but overall use remained low.

The study included 264,549 patients with diffuse large B cell lymphoma identified by variables that affected access to palliative care, including age, sex, race, facility type, Charlson-Deyo comorbidity score, median household income, educational status, insurance status, and year of diagnosis. Of the individuals included, 3.2% utilized palliative care.

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