Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making.

Title: Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making. 

Source: GMC website

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Date of publication: May 2010

Publication type:  Practice Guidelines

In a nutshell: New guidance on EoLC for doctors, published 20 May 2010, comes into effect on 1 July 2010.  Addresses all issues concerning treatment and management of patients at the end of life by Doctors and multi-disciplinary teams and agencies.  The guidance provides details of decision-making models and explains how to apply them.  Advance care planning is addressed and the requirements around making and recording decisions.  Legal aspects of therapies, treatments and resuscitation are addressed.   This guidance replaces the booklet Withholding and withdrawing life-prolonging treatments (2002) and expands on the guidance in Consent, patients and doctors making decisions together.

Length of publication:  91 pages

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