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Proportion of people dying in hospital is falling

BMJ 2010; 341 doi: (Published 27 August 2010) Cite this as: BMJ 2010;341:c4722
  1. Andrew Cole
  1. 1London

    For the third year running, the proportion of people in England who died in hospital has fallen, while the proportion dying at home continues to creep up, according to the second annual report on the End of Life Care Strategy.

    A central objective of the Department of Health’s strategy, which was launched in 2008, is to enable more people to choose where they die. At the moment most people die in hospital despite surveys showing that 56-74% would prefer to die at home.

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