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The prevalence of palliative care programs in U.S. hospitals is expected to reach 84% by 2014, according to an analysis from the Center to Advance Palliative Care.

From 2000 to 2011, the number of hospitals with 50 or more beds that had a palliative care program went from 658 to 1,692, an increase of 157%. If that trend continues, there should be 2,023 hospitals – approximately 84% – providing palliative care in the United States by 2014, the CAPC reported.

The CAPC analysis, conducted in January 2013, involved data from the American Hospital Association and the center’s own National Palliative Care Registry.

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