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

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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


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


Systematic review of the effectiveness, barriers and facilitators to general practitioner engagement with specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care

November 28, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (4): 385-399

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Date of publication: December 2018

Publication type: Systematic Review

In a nutshell: This study aims to evaluate the effectiveness of interventions designed to engage GPs and specialist secondary services in integrated palliative care and to identify the personal, system and structural barriers and facilitators to integrated palliative care.

Length of publication: 15 pages


Caring for patients nearing the end of life: A good practice guide

November 28, 2018

Source: Royal College of Surgeons

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Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: This guidance provides advice and support for surgeons and surgical teams who need to communicate with patients who are approaching the end of their life. The guide covers:

  • The steps surgeons can take to ensure that patients nearing the end of life experience a dignified death
  • A framework for communication and decision making
  • The important care planning documents in use at the end of life
  • How to work together as a team to ensure high-quality end of life care

Length of publication: 36 pages


First year experiences with a palliative out-patients structure for patients with COPD: a qualitative study of health professionals’ expectations and experiences

October 16, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 113

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study describes the development of a new palliative outpatients structure to improve the care of patients with advanced COPD. The study also explores health professionals’ expectations and experiences of the new structure.

Length of publication: 10 pages