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Hospital deaths are on decline, but change is slow, says new report

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e3307 (Published 09 May 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e3307
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

The number of people dying at home rose in the past five years, while hospital deaths declined, show the latest figures on care at the end of life in England.

The latest report from the NHS’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, which pulls together a range of studies and surveys, shows that the proportion of deaths that occurred at home rose from 18.3% in 2004 to 20.8% in 2010. Meanwhile hospital deaths fell from 58.3% in 2005 to 53.3% in 2010.

This reverses a long term trend. In 1900 more than four in five people died at home. …

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