The National Bereavement Survey (VOICES) 2012 relates to end of life care provided at home, out of hours, by district and community nurse providers, in care homes, in hospitals or in hospices.
The overall quality of care (across all services) during the last three months of life was rated by 44% of respondents to be outstanding or excellent. Treatment with dignity and respect by staff was rated most highly in hospices, and lowest in hospitals.
Most people prefer to die at home, but relatively few people actually did so; the most commonly reported place of death being a hospital.
There was no significant difference in the overall rating of quality of care (as outstanding or excellent) for people with or without dementia, although respondents replying on behalf of patients with dementia were less likely to rate the overall quality of care as poor.
National Bereavement Survey (VOICES) 2012. Newport [Gwent]: Office for National Statistics, July 11th 2013.
[A brief reference to this item features in Dementia and Elderly Care: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWNHST), Volume 3 Issue 9, August 2013].