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February 2019

The U.S. Has the Highest Overdose Death Rate of Any Wealthy Nation (Smithsonian)

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Smithsonian featured research by Jessica Ho of the USC Leonard Davis School about global drug overdose death rates and how the United States compares to other high-income countries. “While the United States is not alone in experiencing increases in drug overdose mortality, the magnitude of the differences in levels of drug overdose mortality is staggering,” Ho said. Her study shows American overdose death rates are 3.5 times higher, on average, than those of 17 other wealthy countries, and that drug overdose mortality is widening the life expectancy gap between the United States and its peer countries.

Let’s Not Muddle The Message About Home- And Community-Based Palliative Care (Health Affairs)

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Health Affairs featured a blog post by USC Leonard Davis Research Assistant Professor Anna Rahman about how the distinction between palliative care and end-of-life care needs to be made clearer. “Consistently conflating palliative care and hospice care threatens to undermine our field’s credibility and our ability to help patients who could benefit from the extra layer of support palliative care provides,” she wrote.

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