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Improving end-of-life care

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Article:

Henry C, Hayes A (2013) Providing high-quality end-of-life care universally. Nursing Times; 109: 33/34, 16-18.

Authors:

Claire Henry is head of improvement programmes for long-term conditions and end-of-life care; Anita Hayes is programme director for end-of-life care; both at NHS Improving Quality.

 

THIS ARTICLE WILL TELL YOU ABOUT

  • The current literature on end-of-life care
  • The elements of the National End of Life Care Programme
  • Future plans for palliative care

 

YOU WOULD BE LIKELY TO REFERENCE THIS ARTICLE IF YOU WERE RESEARCHING:

How end-of-life care can be improved and the influence you can have when working in this area. The literature review would be helpful if you were writing about palliative care in more general terms.

IN WHAT SITUATIONS WILL THIS ARTICLE BE USEFUL FOR ME?

This article would be particularly useful for you if on placement in a hospice or with a palliative care team. It explores the current literature on the subject and discusses best practice, which helps to dispel nerves about this type of placement.

It may help you to view end-of-life care from patient and carer perspectives and recognise individual needs.

 

QUESTIONS FOR YOUR MENTOR/TUTOR

Is it always possible to fulfil individuals’ end-of-life care wishes?

What do you think of the Liverpool Care Pathway?

STUDENT NT DECODER

Liverpool Care Pathway

A pathway developed to improve the quality of end-of-life care – covering a plan for what staff should and shouldn’t do during the final days or hours of a person’s life. It advises the medical and nursing team on continuing or discontinuation of treatment and comfort measures.

Following a review of the pathway, the government confirmed earlier this year that they will be phasing it out.

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