Not all patients want to die at home

East of EnglandMental Health
Published Date: 1 Jun 2016

CLAHRC review reveals complexity in preferences for place of death

What?

A new paper by CLAHRC EoE researchers examines preferences for place of death and has major implications for UK End of Life Care policy.

Why?

The paper questions the policy assumption that most patients want to die at home. The systematic review of UK studies showed that it was unknown what proportion of patients preferred home, due to the number of missing preferences.

What next?

The findings are helping to dissuade policymakers from using place of death as a measure of success in End of Life Care provision.