Patients shun hospital death

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FEWER than one per cent of patients with a terminal illness want to die in hospital, a major study has found.

Researchers working for the Marie Curie Hospice in Edinburgh studied notes of more than 1100 patients who died under its care in 2009 and 2010.

They said more than three-quarters were willing to discuss where they wanted to die.

Almost four in five patients who had never spent time in the hospice wanted to die at home. However, 80 per cent of those who had been an inpatient in the hospice said they would rather die there.

Medical director Dr David Oxenham said: “The more that we know, the greater the chance of meeting their wishes.”