Variations in place of death in England: inequalities or appropriate consequences of age, gender and cause of death? – NHS National End of Life Care Programme – August 2010

Posted on August 20, 2010. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: , , |

Variations in place of death in England: inequalities or appropriate consequences of age, gender and cause of death? – NHS National End of Life Care Programme – August 2010

This report reveals big variations in the percentage of deaths that occur in hospital – both between the English regions and at a local authority level. It also shows that people on low incomes are more likely to die in hospital, with 62% of deaths amongst people in the most deprived quintile of the population occurring in hospital. Amongst the most affluent fifth of the population the figure is 55%. The report cautions however that these inequalities might reflect a greater incidence of diseases requiring hospital care at the terminal stage amongst people in lower socio-economic groups.

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