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Dying at home is not more expensive, Nuffield report finds

BMJ 2014; 349 doi: (Published 29 September 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;349:g5902
  1. Jacqui Wise
  1. 1London

Enabling people to die in their own home does not necessarily cost more than if they were cared for in hospital, research from the Nuffield Trust has found.

The report, Exploring the Cost of Care at the End of Life,1 constructed a number of models to examine how people were using services at the end of their lives. It found that the overall care costs for patients using the Marie Curie home based palliative care nursing service were likely to be around £500 a person lower than other types of end of life care.

Acute hospital care makes up the largest source of costs at …

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