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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care$
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Joachim Cohen and Luc Deliens

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199599400

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: May 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.001.0001

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Place of death and end-of-life care

Place of death and end-of-life care

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(p.21) Chapter 2 Place of death and end-of-life care
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A Public Health Perspective on End of Life Care
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Siew Tzuh Tang

Chen-Hsiu Chen

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199599400.003.0017

This chapter describes where people die in various European, Asian, and North-American countries, and which factors influence place of death. Generally, terminal patients and their informal caregivers prefer death to occur at home, and there is ample evidence that dying at home can contribute to a better death compared with dying in an institution. In reality, however, only a minority of people eventually die at home. Knowing which people die where and which factors influence this is essential in developing rational and appropriate public health policies that support the preference of many to die at home. The systematic description and cross-national comparison in the chapter is instructive in this context as it allows the identification of factors (e.g., the organization of care provision) facilitating home death.

Keywords:   home death, palliative care, public health policy, terminal patients, caregivers

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