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Places to die and sleep, and “the forces of conservatism”

BMJ 1999; 319 doi: (Published 04 December 1999) Cite this as: BMJ 1999;319:a

Where to die, where to sleep? Tentative answers to these paraShakespearean questions are offered in this week's journal. Most people in Britain want to die at home, and carers are more likely to say that the place of death was right if the patient dies at home. Yet only about a quarter of people die at home. That is why “hospital at home” schemes have been developed—to try to help more people to die at home But do they work? Gunn Grande and others have tried to do a randomised controlled trial to answer …

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