Factors Affecting the Place of Death Among Hospice Home Care Cancer Patients in Taiwan

Lung Chun Lee, Chung Chieh Hu, El Wui Loh, Sheau Feng Hwang

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Background:Some patients who receive hospice home care still end up dying in hospital. The significance of the variables possibly affecting the place of death in patients with terminal cancer who received hospice home care was examined.Methods:Retrospective study.Results:Four hundred and thirty-nine patients were enrolled in this study. In all, 60.8% of the patients died at home and 39.2% of the patients died in hospital. Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that preferred place of death was the prior factor associated with home death, followed by average days of rehospitalization, education level, distance between home and hospital, and age.Conclusions:For a better hospice care service, it is essential to inquire patients or their relatives on preferred place of death while concerning the influences of other factors.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)300-306
Number of pages7
JournalAmerican Journal of Hospice and Palliative Medicine
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Jan 1 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • cancer
  • end of life
  • home care
  • home death
  • palliative care
  • place of death

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Medicine(all)


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