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October 10, 2007

Transitions Between Care Settings at the End of Life in Belgium

Author Affiliations

Letters Section Editor: Robert M. Golub, MD, Senior Editor.

JAMA. 2007;298(14):1635-1639. doi:10.1001/jama.298.14.1638

To the Editor: Transitions between care settings at the end of life can be burdensome for patients and their families. They also pose challenges to the continuity of care, jeopardizing patient safety and quality of care.1 Previous research was limited to specific populations or settings or investigated single transitions (eg, hospital [re]admissions), often without specific end-of-life focus.1-3 To our knowledge, no nationwide studies have examined transitions between end-of-life care settings for a population-based sample of dying persons. This study investigated the prevalence, types, and timing of transitions between end-of-life care settings in Belgium.