What interplay of factors influences the place of death in cancer patients? An innovative probabilistic approach to shed light on a well-known question.
Most terminally ill cancer patients would prefer to die at home, but a majority die in institutional settings. Despite longstanding research for the improvement and implementation of policies favoring end-of-life home care, questions about the discrepancy between the preferred and actual place of death are not yet fully answered. By means of advanced statistical techniques, the study explores in detail the complicated network of factors and its cause-effect relationships affecting the place of death. Analyzing the complexity and causality contribute to providing a better understanding of interventions of health care professionals to facilitate dying at home.
Date1 October 2017

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David Huber, BSc
Nicola Vermes, MSc
Giorgio Corani, PhD
Senior Researcher