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Care and support of dying adults in the last days of life

No regrets: how talking more openly about death could help people die well

This report finds that more than 62,000 people die of cancer in hospitals each year in the UK despite a significant majority stating that they would like to die at home. It reveals the challenging obstacles that people face when discussing death and highlights the need for better communication to help people plan for their final days.



·      Just 1% of people with cancer want to die in hospital. Yet 38% of people - more than 62,000 - who die from cancer die in hospital each year in the UK

·      Most people with cancer (64%) want to die at home

·      Almost one in four people with cancer have thought about dying from the disease ‘constantly’ or ‘often’

·      But more than a third who have thought about death haven’t shared these feelings with anyone

·      Well over half of the UK population think we don’t talk enough about death

·      Macmillan calls for next government to prioritise end of life care and for people to have more open and honest conversations about death


NICE Quality standard - Care of dying adults in the last days of life

This quality standard covers the clinical care of adults (aged 18 and over) who are dying, during the last 2 to 3 days of life. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.