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Response to ‘Does place of death vary by deprivation for patients known to specialist palliative care services?’ by Macfarlane and Carduff
  1. Andrew Neil Davies1 and
  2. Melanie Waghorn2
  1. 1 Palliative Care, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford, UK
  2. 2 Research, St. Catherine's Hospice, Crawley, UK
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew Neil Davies, Palliative Care, Royal Surrey County Hospital, Guildford GU2 7XX, UK; adavies12{at}

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We read with interest the study on the relationship between the Scottish Index of Multiple Deprivation and place of death.1 The authors reported people from more deprived areas were more likely to die in hospital, and those from less deprived areas were more likely to die in hospice. As discussed, the association between deprivation and place of death is well established,2 but this …

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  • Contributors AD wrote the letter and MW approved the letter. Both were authors on quoted journal article.

  • Competing interests None declared.

  • Patient consent for publication Not required.

  • Provenance and peer review Not commissioned; internally peer reviewed.