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

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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.

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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), pp. 132-139. (doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2009.09.005).

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Published date: January 2010
Keywords: metropolitan populations, terminally ill, terminal care, palliative care, place of death, location of death

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Local EPrints ID: 162811
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/162811
ISSN: 1353-8292
PURE UUID: a5d96abf-5148-4630-b8f1-e171b518d4e7

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Date deposited: 31 Aug 2010 08:36
Last modified: 18 Jul 2017 12:31

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Author: Dirk Houttekier
Author: Joachim Cohen
Author: Johan Bilsen
Author: Bregje Onwuteaka-Philipsen
Author: Luc Deliens

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