Fewer than one in 10 people will die at home by 2030, study predicts

BMJ 2008; 336 doi: (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:295
  1. Roger Dobson
  1. 1Abergavenny

    The number of people dying at home in England and Wales has nearly halved in three decades, and now less than a fifth of people die at home.

    By 2030, if this trend continues, fewer than one in 10 men and women will die at home, a new study has calculated (Palliative Medicine 2008;22:33-41).

    To cope with such a decline, inpatient facilities will need to increase by more than 20%, say the researchers, from King’s College London.

    “The projections underline the urgent need for planning end of life care to accommodate a large increase of ageing and deaths,” said Barbara Gomes, one of the coauthors. “Either inpatient facilities must …

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