The findings, published in the New England Journal of Medicine, relied on Medicare statistics and defined “home” as wherever the person was living at the time of death, including nursing homes.
They showed that Oregon has a relatively high rate of hospice use – 42 percent. That compares with 31 percent in Washington state and 17 percent in the rest of the country.
The study also found that Oregon tends to have less intrusive end-of-life care than elsewhere.
In the last month of life, for instance, 18 percent of Oregonians spend at least some time in intensive care units, compared with 23 percent in Washington and 29 percent in the rest of the country.