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February 4, 2009

A View on the Room—Reply

JAMA. 2009;301(5):486-487. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.48

In Reply: We agree with Dr Anderson that some patients may prefer a roommate, as our Commentary stated. Anderson cites 1 survey of 50 oncology patients and families in which an important influence on preferences for shared rooms was the belief that patients in single rooms were more ill.1 If a hospice ward is predominantly single-patient rooms, this belief may be less prevalent, and the preference for shared accommodation may be less pronounced.

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