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Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 2015 Dec;32(8):835-40. doi: 10.1177/1049909114542647. Epub 2014 Jul 9.

The preference of place of death and its predictors among terminally ill patients with cancer and their caregivers in China.

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1
Department of Integrated Therapy, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China.
2
Department of Integrated Therapy, Fudan University Shanghai Cancer Center, Shanghai, China Department of Oncology, Shanghai Medical College, Fudan University, Shanghai, China wenwucheng@yahoo.com.

Abstract

PURPOSE:

To describe the preference of place of death among Chinese patients with cancer and their caregivers and to identify factors associated with the preference.

METHODS:

A prospective questionnaire research was conducted in terminally ill patients with cancer and their caregivers. Questions included sociodemographic characteristics and information about patients' diseases and patients' preference of place of death.

RESULTS:

Home (53.64%) was the first choice for 522 patients, 51.34% of participated caregivers chose home as the preferred place of death, and patient-caregiver dyads achieved 84.10% agreement. Patients who lived in rural area, with lower education level and lived with relatives, expressed more preference to die at home.

CONCLUSION:

This study described information about the preference of place of death and its potential predictive factors in terminally ill patients with cancer in mainland of China.

KEYWORDS:

decision making; home death; palliative care; patients’ preference; place of death; terminally ill cancer

PMID:
25007797
DOI:
10.1177/1049909114542647
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