A study reported in the news last week suggested that the “core business” of hospitals is caring for people who are nearing the end of their lives.
The research team studied 10,000 people in 25 Scottish hospitals on 31 March, 2010.
In total 3,098 patients – almost 31% – died within 12 months and 9% died during their admission.
The authors said, “Our findings provide a platform to invest more energy in identifying patients on admission to hospital who are likely to die within a year and then to develop appropriate care plans for them.”
What do you think?
- Do hospitals focus on treatment and fail to identify patients nearing the end of life?
- When is it appropriate to start end-of-life discussions with patients and relatives?
- Do you have access to a palliative care team in your hospital?
- Do hospital nurses have appropriate end-of-life training?