P-89 Recording preferred place of death: a dynamic process

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Aim of our audit

To establish how many inpatients referred to our hospital Supportive and Palliative Care Team (SPCT) had PPD recorded, what their preferences were and whether they changed.


Data was extracted retrospectively from a database of inpatient deaths referred to the SPCT between July and August 2016


63 patients had a PPD recorded - 33 patients at initial consultation and 30 patients at subsequent consultation. Initial PPD was acute hospital (25), home (16), no preference (9), hospice (9), care home (4).13 patients (21%) changed their PPD during their admission. 6 patients with initial PPD home or hospice changed to acute hospital. 4 people changed their preference to care home (from hospice or home). From 16 patients whose initial PPD was home, this remained their final preference in 7 cases. 6 patients changed their PPD more than once.


Our data shows that almost half of patients do not discuss PPD at initial consultation but are happy to state preferences subsequently. This could be due to development of rapport and relationship with SPCT members. Interestingly, PPD changed during the hospital admission in one fifth of cases with the majority electing to not spend last days of life at home. This could be due to changes in condition, symptoms and performance status coupled with perceived burden on caregivers. Discussing preferences for place of death should be a dynamic process as care related priorities may change as end of life approaches.

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