End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 8 Issue 4

March 9, 2017

Advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless people: A systematic review

March 9, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 Feb; 31 (2): 109-119

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This systematic review aims to summarize and evaluate the evidence surrounding advance care planning, palliative care, and end-of-life care interventions for homeless persons.

Length of publication: 11 pages


Quality standard: Care of dying adults in the last days of life

March 9, 2017

Source: National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Quality Standard

In a nutshell: This quality standard covers the clinical care of adults (aged 18 and over) who are dying, during the last 2 to 3 days of life. It describes high-quality care in priority areas for improvement.

Length of publication: 22 pages

Some important notes: This quality standard does not cover care before the last few days of life, such as palliative care or ‘end of life care’ (often defined as care during the last year or so of a progressive disease), or care after death. These are included in NICE’s Quality Standard QS13 for end of life care for adults.


End of life care core skills education and training framework

March 9, 2017

Source: Health Education England

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Framework

In a nutshell: The End of Life Core Skills Education and Training Framework outlines the knowledge and skills needed to support people at the end of life. It considers knowledge and skills that are core to providing good care, and that are transferable across settings and level of caring responsibilities. It aims to promote community development and asset-based approaches to education and training, considering the strengths, abilities and potential of communities in supporting end of life care.

Length of publication: 80 pages


Cost-effective commissioning of end of life care: understanding the health economics of palliative and end of life care

March 9, 2017

Source: Public Health England

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The first half of this report presents the findings of a review of the available literature on the costs and effectiveness of different initiatives and schemes designed to improve patients and carers experiences at the end of life. The second half of this report describes the new end of life care economic tool and the methodology underpinning this tool.

Length of publication: 72 pages

Some important notes: A user guide and analytical tool are also available to support this report.


Developing a model for embedded palliative care in a cancer clinic

March 9, 2017

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2017 Mar 3. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: March 2017

Publication type: Short report

In a nutshell: This article describes the development and key features of a model for embedded palliative care for patients with advanced kidney cancer or melanoma seen in a cancer clinic.

Length of publication: 4 pages


New animated film helps parents talk about cancer

March 9, 2017

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: February 2017

Publication type: Film

In a nutshell: A new short animation produced by the University College London Hospital is helping parents talk to their children about being diagnosed with cancer. It shows a cartoon family coming to terms with the news, and contains practical tips on handling all the likely emotions and scenarios both the children and the parents might experience. Research shows that cartoon and comic-book formats are an effective way to communicate ideas that are sensitive or frightening.