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.
Detsky M, Etchells E. A View on the Room—Reply. JAMA. 2009;301(5):486-487. doi:10.1001/jama.2009.48