Physician and nurse practitioner home visits at end of life associated with better patient outcomes: a population-based study


Home visits at the end of life decrease hospitalizations and hospital deaths, which reduces healthcare costs and aligns with most patients’ wishes. In addition to family physicians, nurse practitioners (NPs) play a critical role in meeting the rising demand for home and community-based palliative care. However, very few population-level studies have examined practice patterns of NPs delivering home-based end-of-life care and the collaboration between physicians and NPs.