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Factors affecting death at home in Japan.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  9111759     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Despite the wish of the Japanese people to spend their final moments at home, the percentage of deaths at home among elderly is decreasing. Moreover, large variations in this rate were observed over the country. The present ecological study analyzed the relationship between the percentage of deaths at home for decedents aged 70 and over, and demographic, medical and socioeconomic characteristics. The data published in 1990 by the Japanese National Government were analyzed by correlation, principal-component, and multiple linear regression analyses. The results showed that the percentage of deaths at home for decedents aged 70 and over was positively associated with the number of persons per household, and the area of floor space per house. The divorce rate, the national tax per capita, and the mean length of hospitalization for stroke showed a negative association with the percentage of deaths at home. In the prefectures where the crude death rates of stroke and senility were high, elderly were more likely to die at home. These results suggested the importance of the number of family caregivers, and the housing conditions for terminal care at home. This research may lead to improve home medical assistance which is still underdeveloped in Japan.
C Sauvaget; I Tsuji; J H Li; T Hosokawa; A Fukao; S Hisamichi
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article    
Journal Detail:
Title:  The Tohoku journal of experimental medicine     Volume:  180     ISSN:  0040-8727     ISO Abbreviation:  Tohoku J. Exp. Med.     Publication Date:  1996 Oct 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  1997-05-12     Completed Date:  1997-05-12     Revised Date:  2004-11-17    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  0417355     Medline TA:  Tohoku J Exp Med     Country:  JAPAN    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  87-98     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of Public Health, Tohoku University, School of Medicine, Sendai, Japan.
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MeSH Terms
Attitude to Death
Patient Advocacy
Regression Analysis
Social Welfare
Socioeconomic Factors

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