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Where do patients with cancer die in Belfast?
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  11440406     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
BACKGROUND: Most patients with cancer prefer to die at home but the majority die in institutions. AIM: To determine place of death for patients with cancer in Belfast, to examine changes over time and identify factors associated with place of death. METHODS: A survey of deaths registered in Belfast over a six-month period for 1977, 1987 and 1997 identified patients dying from cancer. Epidemiological data included age, gender, malignancy, social class, marital status, area of residence and place of death. RESULTS: Home deaths fell from 35% in 1977 to 28% in 1997. Hospital deaths fell from 50% in 1977 to 40% in 1987 rising to 42% in 1997. Hospice deaths rose from 13% in 1977 to 25% in 1987 falling to 23% in 1997. There was an association between place of death and age, marital status, type of cancer and area of residence, but not with social class or gender. CONCLUSION: The majority of people fail to achieve a home death. Resources need to be targeted to those most at risk of an institutional death; females, the elderly, the unmarried, those with haematological malignancies and residents of South Belfast.
D Davison; G Johnston; P Reilly; M Stevenson
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Irish journal of medical science     Volume:  170     ISSN:  0021-1265     ISO Abbreviation:  Ir J Med Sci     Publication Date:    2001 Jan-Mar
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2001-07-06     Completed Date:  2001-08-02     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7806864     Medline TA:  Ir J Med Sci     Country:  Ireland    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  18-23     Citation Subset:  IM    
Department of General Practice, Dunluce Health Centre, Queen's University of Belfast, Northern Ireland.
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MeSH Terms
Home Care Services
Hospital Mortality
Neoplasms / mortality*
Northern Ireland / epidemiology
Socioeconomic Factors

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