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The place of death of cancer patients: can qualitative data add to known factors?

Thomas, C. J. (2005) The place of death of cancer patients: can qualitative data add to known factors? Social Science and Medicine, 60 (11). pp. 2597-2607. ISSN 0277-9536

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Abstract

Research on the distribution of cancer deaths by setting—hospital, hospice, home, other—is longstanding, but has been given fresh impetus in the UK by policy commitments to increase the proportion of deaths occurring in patients’ homes. Studies of factors associated with the location of cancer deaths fall into two main categories: geo-epidemiological interrogations of routinely collected death registration data, and prospective and retrospective cohort studies of terminally ill cancer patients. This paper summarises the findings of these studies and considers the place of death factors that are generated in semi-structured interviews with 15 palliative care service providers working in the Morecambe Bay area of north-west England. These qualitative data are found not only to confirm and considerably enrich understanding of known factors, but also to bring new factors into view. New factors can be grouped under the headings: service infrastructure, patient and carer attitudes, and cultures of practice. Such an approach provides useful information for policy makers and practitioners in palliative care.

Item Type: Article
Journal or Publication Title: Social Science and Medicine
Additional Information: RAE_import_type : Journal article RAE_uoa_type : Social Work and Social Policy & Administration
Uncontrolled Keywords: Place of death ; Cancer ; Palliative care ; UK
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Departments: Faculty of Arts & Social Sciences > Applied Social Science
Faculty of Health and Medicine > Health Research
ID Code: 3371
Deposited By: ep_importer
Deposited On: 18 Mar 2008 11:26
Refereed?: Yes
Published?: Published
Last Modified: 26 Mar 2013 16:35
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URI: http://eprints.lancs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3371

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