Healthcare service use in the last year of life for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis

Takeaway

  • People with ALS experience more days in intensive care, a greater number of specialist consultations and higher cost of care in the final year of life compared with those without.

  • Home-based palliative care was associated with reduced likelihood of hospitalisation.

Why this matters

    Increasing access to palliative home visits may improve end of life outcomes and reduce healthcare costs for people with ALS.