Why end-of-life transitions matter in evaluating site-of-death stats

04/19/2012 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

CDC data show more people are dying at home and fewer at hospitals, but Dr. Joan Teno of Brown Medical School says site of death tells only part of the story. Her research shows about 1 in 5 dementia patients experience "burdensome transitions" in their final days, shuttling from home to hospitals to nursing homes. "I don't want to look only at where they die, but at the kind of care they get," she said.

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