Report shows people would rather die in pain if it meant being at home

9 July 2013
New Sue Ryder research finds that whilst large numbers of people want to die at home, they can't be assured of getting the pain relief they need.

The research, carried out by Demos on behalf of Sue Ryder,  looks at people's priorities for care at the end of life, and what they value the most. It found that the majority of people still die in hospital, despite their wishes to die at home, yet almost 80% rated pain relief as a key priority.  It argues that people are making a knowing trade-off between the type of care they receive and the location they die in.

Speaking in response to the publication of ‘A time and a place’ the new Sue Ryder report on people’s preference at the end of life, Simon Chapman, Director of Public and Parliamentary Engagement at the National Council for Palliative Care said:

“This is further and powerful evidence showing that whilst the majority of us want to die at home we cannot be confident that we will get the right pain relief and round the clock access to care and support. We only have one chance to get it right for people who are dying. This report should be an alarm call to the new clinical commissioning groups and policymakers that they need urgently to redesign services so people at the end of their days can get the support they need, wherever they have chosen to be cared for and die."


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