For terminally ill cancer patients and their loved ones, dying at home can be more peaceful with less grief among family members. But the option requires talking about preferences, access to a comprehensive home care package, and time off from work for family caregivers, according to a study in BMC Medicine. Barbara Gomes, BSc, MSc, PhD, of the Cicely Saunders Institute at King’s College London, and colleagues questioned 352 bereaved family members of patients who died in the hospital or at home. Wherever they passed away, patients experienced about the same amount of pain.
Full reference: Is dying in hospital better than home in incurable cancer and what factors influence this? A population-based study. BMC Medicine 2015, 13:235.