(NBC NEWS) The number of people who died in the hospital has fallen just 8 percent over 10 years, despite a big emphasis on letting people die in hospice or even at home, new federal statistics show.

And a lot of the decrease appears to be from an overall drop in many types of death, the new report from the National Center for Health Statistics shows.

“People don’t want to die in the hospital – yet a lot of them are,” says NCHS’s Margaret Jean Hall, who led the study with colleagues Shaleah Levant and Carol DeFrances.

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