Where to die?

Vineet Sarode, John Reeves, Jonathan Barrett and Jennifer McCambley
Med J Aust 2012; 197 (9): . || doi: 10.5694/mja12.10262
Published online: 5 November 2012

An intensive care patient, terminally ill, chooses to die at home

In the past, most deaths took place at home. There has recently been a lot of interest in providing patients and their families with a “good death”,1 and research has shown that if a choice was given to terminally ill patients in the intensive care unit (ICU), they would prefer to die at home.2 Much of the palliative care literature is about providing care for a terminally ill patient in the patient’s home. However, little information is available on taking a critically ill patient home to die.

  • Vineet Sarode1
  • John Reeves2
  • Jonathan Barrett3
  • Jennifer McCambley4

  • Intensive Care Unit, Cabrini Hospital, Melbourne, VIC.



We are very thankful to the patient’s family for their generosity in allowing us to share this important story with our colleagues.

Competing interests:

No relevant disclosures.


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