Place of death in metropolitan regions: metropolitan versus non-metropolitan variation in place of death in Belgium, the Netherlands and England


Houttekier, Dirk, Cohen, Joachim, Bilsen, Johan, Addington-Hall, Julia, Onwuteaka-Philipsen, Bregje and Deliens, Luc (2010) Place of death in metropolitan regions: metropolitan versus non-metropolitan variation in place of death in Belgium, the Netherlands and England. Health & Place, 16, (1), 132-139. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.09.005).

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Place of death is an important societal indicator of end-of-life quality for the terminally ill. Using death certificate data, we examined metropolitan/non-metropolitan variation in place of death of patients with life-limiting conditions in Belgium, The Netherlands and England. Metropolitan patients were less likely to die at home and, in England, less likely to die in care homes, than non-metropolitan terminally ill. We found a lesser degree of social support and lower availability of care home beds as partial explanations of the metropolitan/non-metropolitan discrepancy. These findings warrant specific approaches to end-of-life care in metropolitan areas.

Item Type: Article
ISSNs: 1353-8292 (print)
1873-2054 (electronic)
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Keywords: metropolitan populations, terminally ill, terminal care, palliative care, place of death, location of death
Subjects: G Geography. Anthropology. Recreation > GF Human ecology. Anthropogeography
R Medicine > RB Pathology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Health Sciences
ePrint ID: 162811
Date Deposited: 31 Aug 2010 08:36
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 19:17
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/162811

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