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Alison While
British Journal of Community Nursing, Vol. 17, Iss. 11, 01 Nov 2012, pp 556

End of life care has emerged as a priority for policy makers and health professionals, not least because it consumes 10-20% of health resources. Policy concern has moved from life extension to quality of life in the assessment of health interventions. While more than half of cancer patients want to die at home, most deaths occur in hospital with less than a fifth occurring in care homes and similar proportions at home, although there are geographical variations. In part, these variations reflect differences across disorder groups, for example, most dementia deaths occur in care homes.

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