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Letters Place of death

People die everywhere, so care should be optimised in all settings and all along the way

BMJ 2015; 351 doi: (Published 27 October 2015) Cite this as: BMJ 2015;351:h5677
  1. Scott A Murray, St Columba’s Hospice chair of primary palliative care1,
  2. Sébastien Moine, family physician2
  1. 1Primary Palliative Care Research Group, Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences and Informatics, Medical School, Edinburgh EH8 9AG, UK
  2. 2“Les Vignes de l’Abbaye,” Saint Just en Chaussée, France
  1. scott.murray{at}

We agree with Pollock that a preoccupation with dying at home as an indicator of a good death deflects attention from improving the quality of care elsewhere.1 Because people die in all settings, and will continue to do so, we should seek to optimise …

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