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Report shows chance of dying at home dictated by where you live in Ireland

Latest Irish Hospice Foundation perspectives report

The latest Irish Hospice Foundation report shows the chances of dying at home or in hospital are dictated by where you live in Ireland
  • People in Dublin are much less likely to die at home compared to those in Donegal
  • IHF calls for health service quality indicators on place of care and death
A new research report commissioned by the Irish Hospice Foundation (IHF) reveals that the chances of dying at home or in hospital are dictated by where you live in Ireland.
Place of death Infographic

Place of death infographic

Where do Irish People die?

The research highlights the wide difference in home deaths across the country, with only 18% of people in Dublin dying at home compared to 34% in Donegal. This is despite the findings of a recent national survey showing that 74% of Irish people want to die at home, up from 66% in 2004. The report, the third in the IHF Perspective Series, was launched today, (Thursday December 4th), by oncologist and Independent Senator, Professor John Crown. Titled “Enabling More People to Die at Home; Making the Case for Quality Indicators as Drivers for Change on Place of Care and Place of Death in Ireland” it sets out the case for key quality indicators on place of care and death, and calls for health policy to focus on providing more care in the home and communities. The report suggests that people’s preference to be cared for and die at home is not being facilitated by the health system, arguing that quality indicators are one way to monitor how well health policy is being implemented. “If it is possible for 34% of deaths to take place at home in Donegal why is it that about half of that proportion die at home in Dublin?” it asks. The report, supported by a paper written by social and economic research consultant Dr. Kieran McKeown, draws on data published by the CSO which shows people living in Donegal are more likely to die at home (34%), followed by Kilkenny and Kerry, (33%), Mayo, (32%), and Leitrim and Wexford, (31%). At the other end of the scale only 18% of people in Dublin die at home, followed by Sligo next, (26%), and Roscommon and Galway, (26%), which is the national average.

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