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Relocations and transfers of dying persons in hospitals and nursing homes

Author(s): Wolfgang Michael George*

An exploratory study in over 160 hospitals and nursing homes in Germany shows that approximately 20% (that means about 150.000) of all dying patients are relocated during their last days of life. The following main risks were identified: acute physical and mental deterioration and the external influence of the physicians or relatives. The surveyed employees show ways to improve the situation.


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