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Implications for practice and research
This paper supports the view that a high proportion of elderly patients who are admitted to hospital are entering the last year of their lives.
Clinicians might make more use of the opportunity provided by such hospital admission to discuss end-of-life care.
Future research might focus on the associations between cause of death, comorbidity, deprivation and place of death in those who …
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