Letters Caring for a dying patient in hospital

Helping people die at home

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f3182 (Published 24 May 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f3182
  1. Adrienne Betteley, Palliative and end of life care programme manager1
  1. 1Macmillan Cancer Support, London SE1 7UQ, UK
  1. abetteley{at}macmillan.org.uk

Macmillan Cancer Support shares Sleeman and Collis’s view that people close to the end of life must be identified as early as possible so that their care preferences can be discussed and respected.1

With the right support, three quarters (73%) of patients with cancer would prefer to die at home, but only 29% do. The current end of life system …

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