The researchers studied the deaths of patients admitted to a sampling of hospitals. They determined that hospital deaths accounted for 29 per cent of U.S. deaths in 2010, down from more than 32 per cent in 2000.
Meanwhile, other reports indicate deaths in the home grew from 23 per cent to 27 per cent over the decade. Deaths in nursing homes held steady at around 21 per cent.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention released the figures Wednesday. CDC officials said the growing availability of hospice care may be one factor for fewer hospital deaths.
CDC report: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/