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Dying at home leads to ‘more peace and less grief’

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Dying seems much more problematic for patients who are, essentially, 'dying from the wear-and-tear of old age' as opposed to from cancer or a single progressive disease, and that problem needs to be sorted out. It is very clear that the level of support for patients who are at home, and for their relatives, will have a significant influence on the experience of dying, and on the subsequent bereavement. I've just (less than an hour ago) submitted a second rapid response to a chain on theBMJ discussing place of death and similar, and it will elaborate on that [if the Letters Editor decides to publish it] - the link to the responses, is below. The best place for a patient to die, depends in my opinion mainly on the patient's own preference - you can't simply say 'home is better', or 'hospice is the place', or 'hospital is the wrong place' - much too simplistic. The BMJ article, and the rapid responses discussing it, are at: http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4855 http://www.bmj.com/content/351/bmj.h4855/rapid-responses The article in theBMJ is recent, so if anybody wants to send in a rapid response (the article is titled 'Is home always the best and preferred place of death?') to it, there is still time to do that.

Posted date

10 October, 2015

Posted time

2:32 pm

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