Fewer than one in 10 people will die at home by 2030, study predictsBMJ 2008; 336 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.39481.712639.C2 (Published 07 February 2008) Cite this as: BMJ 2008;336:295
- Roger Dobson
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 …