This second article in a series of three explores the legal issues around medical decision making in children and young people who are approaching the end of life
This article, the first in a three-part series, explores some of the legal issues nurses may face when caring for adults at the end of life. It outlines the legal mechanisms that help nurses support their patients’ wishes
A large retrospective study by the National Institute for Health Research has found nationwide variation in the timing of referral to hospice care. Older people were referred closer to death than younger people
This article provides an overview of malignant hypercalcaemia, its aetiology, relationship with cancer, prognosis, symptoms and treatment. It comes with a self-assessment enabling you to test your knowledge after reading it
A respiratory nurse’s reflections on her therapeutic relationship with a patient experiencing intractable breathlessness and on the challenges of ‘being with’ patients at the end of life
A group of student nurses developed a wish list to prompt patients and health professionals to have conversations about end-of-life care
Appointing a palliative care team nurse to coordinate fast-track discharges at the end of life can help ensure patients can be cared for, and die, in their preferred place
Anticipatory care is needed in care homes to reduce unplanned hospital admissions. This initiative won the award for Care of Older People at the 2016 Nursing Times Awards
People nearing the end of life can benefit from discussing and recording their care preferences in a process known as advance care planning.
In East London, joint working between respiratory and palliative care teams ensures patients with severe COPD have access to end-of-life care.