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Wednesday, 11 December 2019 00:00

Jen Christensen reports for CNN on Dec. 11:
For the first time since the early 20th century, more people in United States are dying at home than at the hospital, according to a report published in the New England Journal of Medicine on Wednesday. The researchers looked at the number of natural deaths in the United States based on data collected by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Center for Health Statistics. They define natural deaths as when a medical condition leads directly to death, meaning people died from heart problems or cancer, among other diseases, rather than dying in a car accident, for example. The authors looked at data from 2003 to 2017. They found that hospital deaths are still common, but that number is declining. There were 905,874 hospital deaths in 2003 -- 39.7% of deaths -- and by 2017 there were 764,424 hospital deaths, 29.8% of deaths. The number of deaths at home, though, increased from 543,874 (23.8%) in 2003 to 788,757 (30.7%) in 2017. There was also an increase in the number of people dying in hospice facilities.
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