End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 9 Issue 8

September 12, 2018
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Music therapy in UK palliative and end-of-life care: a service evaluation

September 12, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (3): 282-284

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Short Report

In a nutshell: This service evaluation aims to identify the provision, role and perceived impact of UK music therapists in supporting patients receiving palliative and end-of-life care, their families and health and social care professionals.

Length of publication: 3 pages


What is the cost of palliative care in the UK?

September 12, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (3): 250-257

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review looks at the costs of specialist and generalist palliative care in the UK, and aims to explore the different approaches used for capturing activity and unit cost data.

Length of publication: 8 pages


Making peace with death: National attitudes to death, dying and bereavement

September 12, 2018

Source: Co-op Funeralcare

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This new report provides the results of a survey commissioned by the Co-op to understand national attitudes towards death, dying and bereavement and the ways in which people plan for death. The research reveals that almost 18 million people are uncomfortable talking about death, 4 million people have experienced financial hardship as a result of someone’s death and the average Brit first suffers a bereavement of someone close to them aged 20.

Length of publication: 14 pages


How can end of life care excellence be normalized in hospitals: Lessons from a qualitative framework study

September 12, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 100

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This qualitative study investigates how a tool for end-of-life care was embedded in a large Australian teaching hospital. As part of the study, the authors propose a model to guide implementation of end-of-life care tools in acute settings. The model promotes interprofessional and interdisciplinary working and learning strategies to develop capabilities for embedding end of life care excellence.

Length of publication: 12 pages


Improving end-of-life care in an intensive care unit: a collaborative quality improvement project

September 12, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018; 24 (8): 378-386

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This collaborative quality improvement project was undertaken to develop and implement a pilot intervention to improve end-of-life care for patients in an open intensive care unit in Canada. The interventions used included training in end-of-life care as well as the adaptation of tools to promote communication with the patient and his or her family.

Length of publication: 9 pages


Access to hospital and community palliative care for patients with advanced cancer: A longitudinal population analysis

September 12, 2018

Source: PLoS One 2018; 13 (8): e0200071

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to establish the proportion of cancer patients receiving community or hospital based palliative care before death in the UK, to describe the duration and intensity of the palliative care provided, and the associations between palliative care provision and patient characteristics.

Length of publication: 12 pages