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Dr. Hsien Seow received his BSc at Yale, and his PhD at Johns Hopkins. He is an Associate Professor in the Department of Oncology, an Associate Member in the Department of Clinical Epidemiology & Biostatistics at McMaster University, and is past Cancer Care Ontario Research Chair in Health Services Research in the Department of Oncology. Dr Seow is a current CIHR Young Investigator Awardee. His research interests involve examining ways to better coordinate, organize, and deliver healthcare services and improve quality of care for those with serious, chronic illness.
Seow H., Sussman, J. (2014) Impact of community based, specialist palliative care teams on hospitalizations and emergency department visits late in life and hospital deaths: A pooled analysis. British Medical Journal, 348, 3496.
Objective of study: To determine the pooled effect of exposure to one of 11 specialist palliative care teams providing services in patients’ homes.
Conclusion: Community based specialist palliative care teams, despite variation in team composition and geographies were effective at reducing acute care use and hospital deaths at the end of life.
To read the full article, click on the following link: http://www.bmj.com/content/348/bmj.g3496.long