Please use this identifier to cite or link to this item: https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2011.0092
Title: Place of death and its determinants for patients with cancer in Singapore: An analysis of data from the Singapore cancer registry, 2000-2009
Authors: Hong, C.Y.
Chow, K.Y.
Poulose, J.
Jin, A.Z.
Devi, A.
Chee, E.M.F.
Goh, C. 
Issue Date: 1-Oct-2011
Citation: Hong, C.Y., Chow, K.Y., Poulose, J., Jin, A.Z., Devi, A., Chee, E.M.F., Goh, C. (2011-10-01). Place of death and its determinants for patients with cancer in Singapore: An analysis of data from the Singapore cancer registry, 2000-2009. Journal of Palliative Medicine 14 (10) : 1128-1134. ScholarBank@NUS Repository. https://doi.org/10.1089/jpm.2011.0092
Abstract: Aims: To describe the place of death for patients with cancer in Singapore from 2000 to 2009, and determinants of death at home and in in-patient hospice compared to death in hospital. Method: Cross-sectional analysis of all patients registered with the Singapore Cancer Registry who had died in the study period (N=52120). Places of death were grouped as homes, in-patient hospices, hospitals and others. For determinants of death at home and in in-patient hospice, covariates adjusted for in logistic regression analyses were age group, gender, ethnic group, primary tumour site, stage at diagnosis, duration and cause of death. Results: In the 10-year period, 52.9% of patients with cancer had died in the hospital, 30.3% died at home and 10.7% in in-patient hospice. Determinants of death at home were older age, female (odds ratio OR 1.23, 95% confidence interval, CI 1.17-1.29), Malay (OR 2.28, 95% CI 2.13-2.44), cancers of the colo-rectum, liver, stomach, pancreas and nasopharynx (compared to lung cancer), duration of illness of 1-5 years (OR 1.40, 95% CI 1.34-1.48), primary cause of death being 'neoplasms' (OR 2.97, 95% CI 2.79-3.17). Determinants of death in in-patient hospice were older age, distant metastasis (OR 1.35, 95% CI 1.21-1.50) and primary cause of death being 'neoplasms' (OR 20.07, 95% CI 16.05-25.09). Conclusion: Knowledge about place of death and its determinants will facilitate the planning of healthcare services to enable patients with terminal cancer to die at home and in in-patient hospices, thereby avoiding inappropriate hospitalization at the end of life. © 2011, Mary Ann Liebert, Inc.
Source Title: Journal of Palliative Medicine
URI: http://scholarbank.nus.edu.sg/handle/10635/112016
ISSN: 10966218
DOI: 10.1089/jpm.2011.0092
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