Social care can reduce demand on hospitals for end of life care

BMJ 2012; 345 doi: (Published 16 October 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;345:e6951
  1. Adrian O’Dowd
  1. 1London

Appropriate use of social care services by people nearing the end of their life can ease pressure on hospitals, but current usage varies widely across England, says a report by the health think tank the Nuffield Trust.

The study, which was funded by the Department of Health’s national end of life care programme, tracked the ways that more than 73 000 people used publicly funded health and social care services during the last months of their lives.1

Drawing on information from the population across seven different local authority areas in England, the authors linked different datasets …

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