Study shows terminal cancer patients are better off at home

Study shows terminal cancer patients are better off at home

A new study in Japan has shown that patients with terminal cancer are better off at their homes than at hospitals. The study found that patients choosing to die at home live longer than those who remain in hospitals. The author of the Japanese study said that the doctors should not hesitate from referring patients for home palliative care just because they might receive less medical treatment.

The authors said, "Dying in the preferred place is one of the most important factors for a good death. More than half of all people would prefer to be cared for and die at home, and the quality of death and dying is actually superior at home versus a hospital."

The patients are not sent home in several countries due to concern that the quality of medical treatment will be inferior and that their lives would be shortened. Doctor Jun Hamano, of the University of Tsukuba in Japanstudied 1582 patients receiving hospital care and 487 receiving home-based palliative care and found that patients at home were better off and had a survival time similar to or longer than those remaining at the hospitals even after adjusting for clinical and other factors.

The results of the study were published in the journal CANCER.