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Home, hospital, or hospice?

Derek Doyle, David Jeffrey and Kenneth Calman

in Palliative Care in the Home

Published in print October 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632272
Published online November 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191730245 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780192632272.003.0009
Home, hospital, or hospice?

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This chapter discusses the positive and negative aspects of home care, hospice care, and hospital care. It also discusses the pros and cons of dying in one's home, in a hospital, or in a hospice. The research presented in the chapter discovered that while patients often opt for palliative care at home, few actually wanted to die in their own beds. It also showed that much as the relatives want to care for the patients at home, many of them do not want death in the home. Finally, the research also showed that the death of the patient largely did not depend on the number of professionals providing palliative care within the home setting; rather, it was dependent on the quality of care offered at home, both to patients and the carers.

Keywords: home care; hospice care; hospital care; home; hospice; hospital; death

Chapter.  3569 words. 

Subjects: Palliative Medicine

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