The Selection of Death Place Among Patients Receiving Hospital-Based Palliative Care Service in Taiwan

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Abstract

Introduction:

To analyze the selection of a place to die and its related factors in patients who received hospice shared care service in Taiwan.

Methods:

This study included patients who received hospice shared care service in a metropolitan hospital as the research participants. A total of 172 questionnaires were collected, and 146 of them were used as valid samples for analysis. This study applied the multivariate logistic regression analysis to assess the significance of independent variables associated with the selection of place of death.

Results:

The results revealed that 52.6% of the patients select hospital as the place to end their life, while 43.8% of them select their home as the place of death. Furthermore, younger adult patients (<65), those who with a higher educational level (≥10 years), and those with a clear cognizance of the disease progression tended to select hospital as the place to spend their last days.

Conclusions:

The research disclosed that more patients with the hospice shared care service prefer hospital to their home as the place to die. In order to provide end-of-life care for patients with low cost and appropriate treatment, it is important to understand the related sociodemographic factors and the need of the patients to provide well-designed hospice/specialist palliative care regimen.

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