End of Life Care
News and practice for end of life and palliative care nursing specialists
New national guidelines on palliative care have been published for the NHS in Scotland, which include a “key” focus for healthcare professionals to consider the concerns and expectations of both the patient, their family and informal carers.
The Commons’ health select committee is today launching its latest inquiry into end of life care, in the wake of the controversy over the now withdrawn Liverpool Care Pathway.
Latest research: end of life care
Nurses often play a key role in administering medicines from anticipatory prescriptions to patients near the end of life. This article summarises a study of their experiences
Palliative care helps people with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die.
When terminally ill patients are given continuous deep sedation without hydration, should we call it a form of palliative care, or is it in fact slow euthanasia?
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Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) must come to terms with having a progressive and incurable disease that will increasingly limit their capacity for physical activity, and is almost certain to cause their death. And the fact that it affects the ability to breathe means they are constantly reminded of this frightening prospect.