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Do Patients Want to Die at Home? A Systematic Review of the UK Literature, Focused on Missing Preferences for Place of Death

Overview of attention for article published in PLoS ONE, November 2015
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Title
Do Patients Want to Die at Home? A Systematic Review of the UK Literature, Focused on Missing Preferences for Place of Death
Published in
PLoS ONE, November 2015
DOI 10.1371/journal.pone.0142723
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Authors

Sarah Hoare, Zoë Slote Morris, Michael P Kelly, Isla Kuhn, Stephen Barclay

Abstract

End-of-life care policy has a focus on enabling patients to die in their preferred place; this is believed for most to be home. This review assesses patient preferences for place of death examining: the extent of unreported preferences, the importance of patient factors (place of care and health diagnosis) and who reports preferences. Systematic literature review of 7 electronic databases, grey literature, backwards citations from included studies and Palliative Medicine hand search. Included studies published between 2000-2015, reporting original, quantifiable results of adult UK preferences for place of death. Of 10826 articles reviewed, 61 met the inclusion criteria. Summary charts present preferences for place of death by health diagnosis, where patients were asked and who reported the preference. These charts are recalculated to include 'missing data,' the views of those whose preferences were not asked, expressed or reported or absent in studies. Missing data were common. Across all health conditions when missing data were excluded the majority preference was for home: when missing data were included, it was not known what proportion of patients with cancer, non-cancer or multiple conditions preferred home. Patients, family proxies and public all expressed a majority preference for home when missing data were excluded: when included, it was not known what proportion of patients or family proxies preferred home. Where patients wished to die was related to where they were asked their preference. Missing data calculations are limited to 'reported' data. It is unknown what proportion of patients prefers to die at home or elsewhere. Reported preferences for place of death often exclude the views of those with no preference or not asked: when 'missing data' are included, they supress the proportion of preferences for all locations. Caution should be exercised if asserting that most patients prefer to die at home.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
Japan 2 2%
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Hong Kong 1 <1%
Unknown 104 96%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 26 24%
Researcher 15 14%
Unspecified 12 11%
Student > Doctoral Student 9 8%
Student > Postgraduate 8 7%
Other 38 35%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 47 44%
Nursing and Health Professions 18 17%
Unspecified 16 15%
Social Sciences 11 10%
Business, Management and Accounting 7 6%
Other 9 8%

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