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Variations in place of death in England: inequalities or appropriate consequences of age, gender and cause of death?

 

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Variations in place of death in England: inequalities or appropriate consequences of age, gender and cause of death?

Report shows big variations in the percentage of deaths that occur in hospital

 

This report reveals big variations in the percentage of deaths that occur in hospital – both between the English regions and at a local authority level. It also shows that people on low incomes are more likely to die in hospital, with 62% of deaths amongst people in the most deprived quintile of the population occurring in hospital. Amongst the most affluent fifth of the population the figure is 55%. The report cautions however that these inequalities might reflect a greater incidence of diseases requiring hospital care at the terminal stage amongst people in lower socio-economic groups.