What we know now 2014
End of life care improves as the number of people choosing to die at home and care homes rises.
There is a growing understanding within the health sector of what is important to people at the end of life, according to a report published today (Friday 26 June) by Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEoLCIN).
The ‘What We Know Now 2014’ report finds that home continues to be the preferred place of death for people in England, followed by hospices and care homes. The proportion of people dying at home or in care homes has increased from 35% (166,749) in 2004 to 44% (207,764) in 2013. The number of people dying in hospitals has dropped by 50,000 since 2004. In 2013 it was less than half of all deaths (227,748).
Factors most importance to people at the end of their life are; having pain and other symptoms managed effectively, being surrounded by loved ones and being treated with dignity.
Professor Julia Verne, Clinical Lead at Public Health England’s National End of Life Care Intelligence Network said:
“It is of course appropriate for some patients to die in hospital but this year’s findings are encouraging as our understanding of what patients want continues to improve. There is still work to be done to ensure we keep focus, not just on the numbers but on people’s experience of dying. However we are now a step closer to balancing out the number of people using hospital and community care.”
Professor Bee Wee, NHS England’s National Clinical Director for End of Life Care, said:
“This important publication brings together recent evidence about end of life care. Gaining a more nuanced and detailed understanding of what the evidence tells us about end of life care, and people’s preferences and experiences, is more important to help guide our work in the right direction. There remains a challenge to ensure that the quality of care for people approaching the end of their lives, and those important to them, is as good as it can be, regardless of where this takes place.”
See the full release here- What we know now- news release
You can read the whole report here- What we know 2014