Dying at home

Survey data suggest that many people would, given the choice, prefer to die at home, with few wishing to die in hospital. The proportion of deaths in usual place of residence is a key indicator for end-of-life care and acts as a proxy quality marker for choice and access.

How has the proportion of people dying in their usual place of residence changed?

The proportion of patients dying in their usual place of residence has risen steadily over the course of the time period; increasing from 37.9% of deaths between January and December 2008, to 44.9% of deaths between July 2013 and June 2014.

Source: 

National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, End of life care profiles

How has the proportion of people dying in their usual residence changed by region?

There is marked geographical variation in the proportion of patients dying in their usual place of residence, although all regions show similar trends in improvements over the time period. London has the lowest proportion of patients dying in their usual place of residence (37.1% in the latest data) while the South West has the highest proportion with 51.1% of patients. The East of England has shown the greatest improvement over the period examined, rising by 6.0 percentage points between April 2010 and June 2014.

Source: 

National End of Life Care Intelligence Network, End of life care profiles.

Comments

Add new comment