Data on hospital characteristics were obtained from the American Hospital Association (AHA) Annual Survey of Hospitals Database™ for fiscal years 2012 and 2013, and were supplemented with data from the National Palliative Care Registry™. All hospitals identified by AHA as having palliative care programs but not listed in the Registry underwent a call screening and/or web search to verify AHA’s reporting. The verification process began using the 2012 AHA data, and was updated and supplemented with the AHA’s 2013 data when they became available.
Analyses were limited to nongovernmental, general medical and surgical, cancer and heart hospitals within the fifty states. Where analyses are limited to hospitals with fifty or more beds, the final sample included a total of 2,393 hospitals. Of these, 2,330 completed the AHA survey; this number includes 840 hospitals that participated in the National Palliative Care Registry™. An additional 63 hospitals that participated in the Registry but had not submitted data to AHA, were also included.
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