More people die in January than in any other month. Most want to spend our dying moments at home, surrounded by family, but the reality couldn’t be more different: Less than a quarter of us die at home, and as many as half of us die in hospitals – many people’s least favoured choice. The Government is reportedly looking at ways to make it easier for people to die at home, but Britain’s first Professor in Hospice Studies, Sheila Payne, says this is not always the best option. Martha talks to Sheila about what needs to be done to improve public attitudes towards dying, and, as the modern hospice movement celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, we look at what we can learn from hospices about the way we treat terminally-ill patients.
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