[Perspectives] Dignity and inequality at the end of life

January, 01, 2024 | Select Oncology Journal Articles

A cancer diagnosis can carry a heavy economic toll on people who are already experiencing financial hardship, and there are systemic inequalities in end-of-life care that are not yet fully understood. Although there is consistent evidence that dying at home is generally considered preferable to dying elsewhere, people from socioeconomically deprived areas are less likely to die at home, the gap in at-home deaths between rich and poor people is widening, and the relatives of the deceased report low levels of satisfaction with the care their loved ones received.

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