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Commissioners must do more to prioritise care for people at the end of life

BMJ 2011; 343 doi: (Published 19 July 2011) Cite this as: BMJ 2011;343:d4567
  1. Polly Stoker
  1. 1BMJ

Healthcare commissioners should prioritise the care of patients who are nearing the end of life to avoid “unnecessary emergency hospital admissions,” says a new report.

Four in 10 patients who are at the end of life are being treated and dying in hospitals, says the report from the National Council for Palliative Care and the National End of Life Care Programme.

The report emphasises the importance of supporting patients and caring for them in the setting of their choice when death approaches. Though seven in 10 would choose home, …

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