Achieving the preferred place of care for hospitalized patients at the end of life

Source: Palliative Medicine June 2011 v.25(4) p333-336

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Date: June 2011

Publication type: Article

Publication length: 4 pages

In a nutshell: The Department of Health end-of-life strategy contains a number of quality markers which include taking into account patients’ wishes for their final place of care. An audit was conducted on discussion of preferred place of care (PPC) for all patients referred to the hospital palliative care team who died during the audit period. The data highlighted the need to distinguish between preferred place of care and preferred place of death. Patients’ wishes regarding PPC change as death approaches. A greater number of patients wished to die in hospital than was expected.

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