Synopsis: This cross-sectional study examined the differences in place of death among patients with chronic lung disease living in the United States from 2003 to 2017. Overall, there was a shift toward home and hospice deaths and away from hospital or nursing facility deaths. However, important differences in race, education, and socioeconomic status indicate the pressing need for further research into how to best care for all patients with chronic lung disease at the end of their lives.
Source: Cross SH, Ely EW, Kavalieratos D, et al. Place of death for individuals with chronic lung disease: trends and associated factors from 2003 to 2017 in the United States. Chest. 2020; S0012-3692(20) 30545-6. [Published online ahead of print, March 27, 2020].