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Cross-sectional study
Nursing home residents prefer fewer interventions and the nursing home instead of hospital for place of death
  1. Julie Watson
  1. Edinburgh Centre for Research on the Experience of Dementia, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Julie Watson, School of Health in Social Sciences (Nursing Studies), University of Edinburgh, Teviot Place, Edinburgh, EH8 9AG, UK; Julie.Watson{at}

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Implications for practice and research

  • End-of-life care preferences of residents in nursing homes confirm the importance of developing practice to ensure high-quality end-of-life is delivered.

  • The role and competencies required of nurses working in nursing homes in supporting the end-of-life preferences of residents requires more research.


The importance of nursing homes as places where people die, and the need to support nursing homes to deliver end-of-life care, is increasingly recognised in many countries. Advance care planning (ACP), including identifying preferences for medical interventions, cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and preferred place of death, is a key facet of a palliative care approach and a pre-requisite to achieving quality end-of-life care. Ng and colleagues identify nursing home resident characteristics associated …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.