Impact on place of death in cancer patients: a causal exploration in southern Switzerland.

Most terminally ill cancer patients would prefer to die at home, although a majority die in institutional settings. Despite long-standing research aimed at implementing and improving policies favouring end-of-life home care, questions remain as to the reasons for this discrepancy. The study applies machine-learning techniques to explore in detail the complicated network of factors and the cause-effect relationships affecting the place of death. By examining the complexity and causality, a better understanding can be gained of interventions by health care professionals that can facilitate dying at home.

Date1 October 2017


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