End of Life Care Horizon Scanning Bulletin Volume 9 Issue 10

November 28, 2018
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Development and implementation of the Steps to Success Palliative Care programme in residential care homes for people with a learning disability in England

November 28, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018; 24 (10)

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Thus study describes the development and implementation of a palliative care programme designed to meet the needs of people with learning disabilities living in residential care homes.

Length of publication: 9 pages


Talking about dying: How to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead

November 28, 2018

Source: Royal College of Physicians

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report seeks to offer advice and support for doctors who meet challenges when caring for patients with a diagnosis of a serious, potentially life-limiting illness. It highlights some of the barriers, and busts common myths that might hamper a successful conversation between doctor and patient. The document also contains a series of resources to aid doctors in developing confidence when discussing their patients’ preferences and values as they approach the end of life.

Length of publication: 19 pages


Palliative care professional’s perceptions of barriers and challenges to accessing children’s hospice and palliative care services in South East London: A preliminary study

November 28, 2018

Source: Death Studies 2018; 42 (10): 649-657

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Date of publication: November 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study explores the barriers that prevent or delay access to children’s palliative care services. The study looks at these barriers from the perspective of palliative care professionals’ in two London boroughs.

Length of publication: 9 articles


End of life care: strengthening choice

November 28, 2018

Source: Together for Short Lives

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This inquiry report from The All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) for Children Who Need Palliative Care, examines the extent to which the government is meeting its end of life care choice commitment for the 40,000 babies, children and young people in England with life-limiting and life-limiting conditions.

Length of publication: 55 pages


Multi-professional-delivered enhanced supportive care improves quality of life for patients with incurable cancer

November 28, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018; 24 (10): 510-514

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This short report evaluates the impact of an Enhanced Supportive Care (ESC) model at a single cancer centre (the Clatterbridge Cancer Centre) and evaluates the impact on patients’ quality of life, with a secondary focus on other outcomes including survival and admissions.

Length of publication: 5 pages


Access to palliative care for homeless people: complex lives, complex care

November 28, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 119

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Date of publication: Journal Article

Publication type: October 2018

In a nutshell: This study aims to give insight into the extent to which people experiencing homelessness have access to good palliative care. Qualitative interviews were held with people experiencing homelessness at the end of life, as well as with people who were close to them at the end of life.

Length of publication: 11 pages