Document Type

Working Paper

Date

2007

Embargo Period

6-28-2012

Keywords

Syracuse Seminar on Aging, nursing home, Medicare, Medicaid, long-term care, elderly, social welfare.

Language

English

Disciplines

Geriatrics

Description/Abstract

Hospice is a system of end-of-life care that’s not used to its full potential. That is, hospice is not used in the way that would benefit patients and families as much as it could. My argument is that this is an issue of usability, or ergonomics—the science of design. I illustrate how to take what we have learned from the science of usability to make hospice more accessible and approachable, and to increase hospice use among those who would benefit from it. Underneath this discussion, though, there is a more fundamental question: Can we make hospice more usable or do we need to think about redesigning hospice entirely?

Source

Metedata from RePec

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Geriatrics Commons

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