Objective: To characterize the end-of-life care of all international patients who died at a global destination medical center from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2015. Patients and Methods: We performed a retrospective review of all adult international patients who died at a global destination medical center from January 1, 2005, through December 31, 2015. Results: Eighty-two international patients from 25 countries and 5 continents died during the study period (median age, 59.5 years; 59% male). Of the study cohort, 11% (n=9) completed an advance directive, 61% (n=50) died in the intensive care unit, 26% (n=21) had a full code order at the time of death, and 73% (n=19 of 26) receiving cardiopulmonary resuscitation did not survive the resuscitation process. Conclusion: Seriously ill international patients who travel to receive health care in the United States face many barriers to receiving high-quality end-of-life care. Seriously ill international patients are coming to the United States in increasing numbers, and little is known about their end-of-life care. There are many unique needs in the care of this complex patient population, and further research is needed to understand how to provide high-quality end-of-life care to these patients.
ASJC Scopus subject areas