Increased hospice enrollment and decreased neurosurgical interventions without changes in mortality for older medicare patients with moderate to severe traumatic brain injury

Document Type



General Surgery


Background: Hospice improves quality and value of end of life care (EOLC), and enrollment has increased for older patients dying from chronic medical conditions. It remains unknown if the same is true for older patients who die after moderate to severe traumatic brain injury (msTBI).
Methods: Subjects included Medicare beneficiaries (≥65 years) who were hospitalized for msTBI from 2005 to 2011. Outcomes included intensity and quality of EOLC for decedents within 30 days of admission, and 30-day mortality for the entire cohort. Logistic regression was used to analyze the association between year of admission, mortality, and EOLC.
Results: Among 50,342 older adults, 30-day mortality was 61.2%. Mortality was unchanged over the study period (aOR 0.93 [0.87-1.00], p = 0.06). Additionally, 30-day non-survivors had greater odds of hospice enrollment, lower odds of undergoing neurosurgery, but greater odds of gastrostomy.
Conclusion: Between 2005 and 2011, hospice enrollment increased, but there was no change in 30-day mortality.


This work was published before the author joined Aga Khan University

Publication (Name of Journal)

The American Journal of Surgery