Why home may not be the best place to die

DYING at home is wrongly being held out as aspirational for terminally ill patients, a health scientist says.

UK researcher Dr Kristian Pollock says the evidence about where patients want to die is “unclear and conflicting”.

In a commentary in the BMJ, Dr Pollock, from the University of Nottingham, says there’s better evidence about how people want to die — free from pain and with their loved ones.

People have an idealised view of death at home as if it’s necessarily going to be a good death, she says.

However, “the person may have been alone,