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Poorest people are more likely to die in hospital

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 17 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4518
  1. Nick Smallwood
  1. 1London

    People on low incomes are more likely to die in hospital than are the richest people, a report on care at the end of life in England has shown.

    The report, published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, found that 62% of the most deprived fifth of the population and 55% of the most affluent fifth die in hospital.

    It shows cause of death to be an important determinant of place of death: 69% of people with respiratory disease die in hospital, whereas only 48% of people who die from cancer do. The proportion …

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