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Hospital at home: home-based end-of-life care

Overview of attention for article published in Cochrane database of systematic reviews, February 2016
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2 blogs
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1 policy source
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56 tweeters

Citations

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45 Dimensions

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Title
Hospital at home: home-based end-of-life care
Published in
Cochrane database of systematic reviews, February 2016
DOI 10.1002/14651858.cd009231.pub2
Pubmed ID
Authors

Sasha Shepperd, Daniela C. Gonçalves-Bradley, Sharon E Straus, Bee Wee

Abstract

The policy in a number of countries is to provide people with a terminal illness the choice of dying at home. This policy is supported by surveys indicating that the general public and people with a terminal illness would prefer to receive end-of-life care at home. This is the fourth update of the original review. To determine if providing home-based end-of-life care reduces the likelihood of dying in hospital and what effect this has on patients' symptoms, quality of life, health service costs, and caregivers, compared with inpatient hospital or hospice care. We searched the following databases until April 2015: Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) (the Cochrane Library), Ovid MEDLINE(R) (from 1950), EMBASE (from 1980), CINAHL (from 1982), and EconLit (from 1969). We checked the reference lists of potentially relevant articles identified and handsearched palliative care publications, clinical trials registries, and a database of systematic reviews for related trials (PDQ-Evidence 2015). Randomised controlled trials, interrupted time series, or controlled before and after studies evaluating the effectiveness of home-based end-of-life care with inpatient hospital or hospice care for people aged 18 years and older. Two review authors independently extracted data and assessed study quality. We combined the published data for dichotomous outcomes using fixed-effect Mantel-Haenszel meta-analysis. When combining outcome data was not possible, we reported the results from individual studies. We included four trials in this review and did not identify new studies from the search in April 2015. Home-based end-of-life care increased the likelihood of dying at home compared with usual care (risk ratio (RR) 1.33, 95% confidence interval (CI) 1.14 to 1.55, P = 0.0002; Chi(2) = 1.72, df = 2, P = 0.42, I(2) = 0%; 3 trials; N = 652; high quality evidence). Admission to hospital while receiving home-based end-of-life care varied between trials, and this was reflected by a high level of statistical heterogeneity in this analysis (range RR 0.62 to RR 2.61; 4 trials; N = 823; moderate quality evidence). Home-based end-of-life care may slightly improve patient satisfaction at one-month follow-up and reduce it at six-month follow-up (2 trials; low quality evidence). The effect on caregivers is uncertain (2 trials; low quality evidence). The intervention may slightly reduce healthcare costs (2 trials, low quality evidence). No trial reported costs to patients and caregivers. The evidence included in this review supports the use of home-based end-of-life care programmes for increasing the number of people who will die at home, although the numbers of people admitted to hospital while receiving end-of-life care should be monitored. Future research should systematically assess the impact of home-based end-of-life care on caregivers.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 <1%
Canada 2 <1%
Japan 2 <1%
Spain 1 <1%
United States 1 <1%
Unknown 363 98%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 68 18%
Student > Bachelor 45 12%
Student > Ph. D. Student 43 12%
Researcher 42 11%
Other 27 7%
Other 66 18%
Unknown 80 22%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Medicine and Dentistry 113 30%
Nursing and Health Professions 82 22%
Social Sciences 22 6%
Psychology 14 4%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 10 3%
Other 37 10%
Unknown 93 25%

Attention Score in Context

This research output has an Altmetric Attention Score of 52. This is our high-level measure of the quality and quantity of online attention that it has received. This Attention Score, as well as the ranking and number of research outputs shown below, was calculated when the research output was last mentioned on 03 October 2019.
All research outputs
#467,911
of 16,682,934 outputs
Outputs from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#1,121
of 11,568 outputs
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#11,416
of 268,059 outputs
Outputs of similar age from Cochrane database of systematic reviews
#28
of 189 outputs
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