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Table 3 Preferences and outcomes in relation to place of death recorded in the last four weeks of life

From: Is it recorded in the notes? Documentation of end-of-life care and preferred place to die discussions in the final weeks of life

  GSF GP Practice Heart Failure Community Matrons Hospital Specialist Palliative Care Service Non-GSF Nursing Care Home Total
  n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%) n (%)
Evidence of recorded preferred place to die?           
Yes 10 (53) 3 (100) 2 (18) 8 (100) 20 (49)
No 9 (47)    9 (82)    12 (51)
Preferred Place to die (where recorded) a           
Patient's own home 8 (80) 2 (67) 7 (64)    17 (53)
Hospital      2 (18) 1 (13) 3 (9)
Hospice 1 (10)        1 (3)
Care home 1 (10) 1 (33) 1 (9) 7 (88) 10 (31)
Patient-carer differences      1b (9)    1 (3)
Place of death (all cases)           
Patient's own home 11 (58) 6 (40)      17 (26)
Hospital 5 (26) 5 (33) 15 (100) 4 (25) 29 (45)
Hospice 1 (5)        1 (2)
Care home 1 (5) 2 (13)    12 (75) 15 (23)
Not recorded 1 (5) 2 (13)      3 (5)
Died in preferred place? (Where recorded)           
Yes 7 (70) 3 (100) 2 (18) 8 (100) 20 (63)
No 3 (30)    9 (82)    12 (38)
  1. Percentages may not add up to 100 due to rounding.
  2. aWhere multiple PPC statements were made, the final PPC is represented.
  3. bPatient wanted to go home, carer wanted the patient to stay in hospital: discharge plans were suspended.