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End-of-life care 'hit or miss'

The quality of end-of-life care for the terminally ill depends on "arbitrary" factors such as disease, age and geographical location, according to a new report.

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Dementia patients 'most at risk of dying in hospital'

  • People dying from cancer receive earlier and better diagnosis, better follow-up support and dedicated help to ensure their wishes are carried out.
  • A series of other factors also affected the care received by patients at the end of their lives including their ethnicity and differences in availability of equipment.
  • People with dementia are at far greater risk of being hospitalised before death or dying in hospital instead of at home.
  • Helping more people die in a manner of their choosing would not only ease the pain for the patient and their family but also reduce the number of emergency hospital admissions.
  • A lack of support in the community leaves carers unable to cope, the report said.

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