Deaths on acute hospital wards

BMJ 2006; 333 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.333.7558.98 (Published 06 July 2006) Cite this as: BMJ 2006;333:98
  1. Jane Gibbins, specialist registrar palliative medicine (janegibbins@hotmail.com),
  2. Colette Reid, specialist registrar,
  3. Carolyn Campbell, specialist registrar,
  4. Catherine Blinman, specialist registrar,
  5. Zena Kassim, specialist registrar,
  6. Candida Cornish, specialist registrar
  1. Cheltenham General Hospital, Cheltenham GL53 7AN
  2. Department of Palliative Medicine, Bristol Haematology and Oncology Centre, Bristol BS2 8ED

    EDITOR—The story of the dying teenager Andrew, written by his mother, highlights the potential problems encountered by patients and their families at the end of life when cared for in acute hospitals.1

    Recent government directives have given patients the choice to consider end of life care at home. For some this is wanted and hopefully achievable, but for others, their initial desire to stay at home may change …

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