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Research project: Systematic review on preference for place of care/death in end of life

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To identify the most popular as well as alternative place(s) of care/death and improve ways of recording patients’ preferred place of care/death in future studies.

Systematic review on preference for place of care/death in end of life aims to (1) inform the End of Life Care Strategies if home care/death is mostly favoured and realistic, (2) identify alternative place of care/death, and (3) recommend ways of recording patients’ preferred place of care/death in future studies. It was found an overwhelming favour in support of home care/death and followed by hospice care/death. Practical and moral concerns related to home care/death were raised that questioned if accommodating this preference is realistic. Many participants were positive about hospital care and disliked dying in a hospital.

 The scarce body of research on nursing/resident home care/death showed that it is the least preferred place of care/death in end of life. A number of studies did not specify or had over 50% unknown preference, reasons for this incomplete record of patients’ preferences were suggested and advice on improving the recording of preferences were provided.

Project team

Ka-Ying Hui, Julia Addington-Hall (Supervisor), Chris Bailey (Co-supervisor)

Project Funder

CECo

Related research groups

Complex Healthcare Processes
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