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Dementia patient hospital deaths lower than other long-term conditions

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Dementia patients are less likely to die in hospital than patients with other long term conditions, according to a report published by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network.

The report, Deaths from Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and senility in England, says 59 per cent of patients who died from dementia between 2001 and 2009 did so in a nursing or residential home compared to 32 per cent in hospital.

That contrasts sharply with the figure for deaths overall, where 58 per cent died in hospital and only 16 per cent in care homes.

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  • I would have thought that this was obvious, given that people who suffer from dementia, are rarely ever transferred to a hospital facility especially from a nursing home facility.

    It was also my understanding that people did not necesarily die from dementia, but from a related physical condition.

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