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Nursing issues
Without adequate nursing support for families, dying at home threatens the values of a good death
  1. David Kenneth Wright,
  2. Christine J. McPherson
  1. School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada
  1. Correspondence to Dr David Kenneth Wright, School of Nursing, University of Ottawa, Ottawa, ON K1H 8M5, Canada; dk.wright{at}

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Commentary on: Hoare S, Kelly MP, Barclay S. Home care and end-of-life hospital admissions: a retrospective interview study in English primary and secondary care. Br J Gen Pract 2019;69(685):E561–9.

Implications for practice and research

  • Families providing end-of-life care in the home urgently require well-resourced community nursing services.

  • Future research should explore the perspectives of people who choose, for whatever reason, not to take on formal and intimate caregiving roles for their dying family members.


The idea of home as a preferred location to achieve a ‘good death’ has become popular within end-of-life care discourse. So popular that hospital death is a measure of failed palliative care.1 Less attention is paid—with notable exceptions2—to critically examining the challenges of home care at end of life.


The focus of this study3 was on understanding why some patients receiving end-of-life care at home …

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  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.

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