This project is generating comprehensive and rigorous knowledge of place of death, taking into consideration individual, societal and healthcare implications. In its eleventh year, it has carried out many individual studies on place of death, with a focus on death at home.
A core value for palliative care has been to empower patients facing the end of their life by ensuring appropriate care is delivered where they wish to spend their last days. Most people across developed countries do not die at home, although this is the wish of the majority. In England, most deaths occur in NHS hospitals, with less than 20% occurring at home (26% in cancer).
“Our goal is to help improve end of life care to levels that meet the expectations, needs and preferences of patients and their families.” Dr Barbara Gomes, Research Fellow, Cicely Saunders Institute.