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Impact of a hospice rapid response service on preferred place of death, and costs

Gage, Heather, Holdsworth, Laura M., Flannery, Caragh, Williams, Peter, Butler, Claire (2015) Impact of a hospice rapid response service on preferred place of death, and costs. BMC Palliative Care, 14 . pp. 1-11. E-ISSN 1472-684X. (doi:10.1186/s12904-015-0065-4) (KAR id:53637)

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All hospice patients who died with a preferred place of death recorded during an 18 month period were included. Data (demographic, preferences for place of death) were obtained from hospice records. Dying in preferred place was modelled using stepwise logistic regression analysis. Service use data (period between referral to hospice and death) were obtained from general practitioners, community providers, hospitals, social services, hospice, and costs calculated using validated national tariffs.


Use of the RRS was associated with increased likelihood of dying in the preferred place. The RRS is cost neutral.

Item Type: Article
DOI/Identification number: 10.1186/s12904-015-0065-4
Additional information: Current controlled trials ISRCTN32119670 , 22 June 2012
Uncontrolled keywords: Preferred place of death; Rapid response service; Costs;
Subjects: R Medicine > R Medicine (General)
Divisions: Faculties > Social Sciences > School of Social Policy Sociology and Social Research > Centre for Health Services Studies
Depositing User: Claire Butler
Date Deposited: 07 Jan 2016 14:25 UTC
Last Modified: 06 Feb 2020 04:13 UTC
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