The Palliative Performance Scale (PPS) uses five observer-rated domains (ambulation, activity level/evidence of disease, self-care, intake, and level of consciousness) to determine the actual survival and median survival time for terminal patients. In a recent blog posting, Christian Sinclair discussed “Patterns of Functional Decline in Hospice Care”, an article published in the Journal of the American Geriatric Society. Three hospices were analyzed using the Suncoast electronic medical record, which looked at almost 9000 hospice patients who died. After analyzing varying PPS scores, three basic directories were noted for cancer and stroke patients (approximately 8 weeks), cardiac and pulmonary patients (approximately 5 weeks), and debility and dementia patients (approximately 2 weeks). For more information about the study, click here.