October 16, 2018
Source: Marie Curie
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Date of publication: October 2018
Publication type: Press Release
In a nutshell: This press release provides details of a new pilot scheme launched by Marie Curie to give residents of nursing homes a voice on how they wish to be cared for at the end of their lives. In a shared decision-making process between the resident and a nurse at the home, a Coordinate My Care Plan is created and then digitally shared with all urgent care services ensuring that everyone knows how, when and where to manage the resident in times of need.
Length of publication: 1 page
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
November 4, 2015
Source: Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust
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Date of publication: October 2015
Publication type: Press release
In a nutshell: The North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service (NMMPCSS) was launched September 21 2015. The £560k service is part of the Macmillan Cancer Improvement Partnership (MCIP) and has been developed through a partnership between Macmillan Cancer Support, the Manchester Clinical Commissioning Groups, The Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, and St Ann’s Hospice. The service provides
- Round-the-clock telephone advice, as well as visits and care in the home;
- Dedicated professionals working together with patients and carers – seven days a week from 8am to 8pm
- An open referral system for patients, carers and professionals. (Patients can refer themselves to the service)
- Help with managing problems such as pain, sickness, breathlessness, and psychological and emotional support
- Ways for people to talk about what is important to them in their care
- Extra help at home when things are difficult, bringing support to carers
May 6, 2015
Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015 14; 14
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Date of publication: April 2015
Publication type: Research article
In a nutshell: Advance care planning (ACP) facilitates communication and understanding of preferences, nevertheless the use of ACPs in primary care is low. The uncertain course of dementia and the inability to communicate with the patient living with dementia are significant challenges for GPs to initiate discussions on goals of care. A cross-sectional survey, using a purposive, cluster sample of GPs across Northern Ireland with registered dementia patients was used. The results suggest that while most respondents felt that GPs should take the initiative to introduce and encourage ACP, most survey participants acknowledged the need for improved knowledge to involve families in caring for patients with dementia at the end of life and that a standard format for ACP documentation was needed. In conclusion the article suggests optimal timing of ACP discussions should be determined by the readiness of the patient and family carer to face end of life. ACP discussions can be enhanced by educational strategies directed towards the patient and family carer that enable shared decision-making with their GP when considering options in future care.
Length of publication: 6 pages
September 8, 2014
Source: Palliative Medicine 2014 v.28(8), p1000-1025
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Date of publication: September 2014
Publication type: Journal article
In a nutshell: This article presents an overview of studies on the effects of advance care planning and gains insight in the effectiveness of different types of advance care planning. There is evidence that advance care planning positively impacts the quality of end-of-life care. Complex advance care planning interventions may be more effective in meeting patients’ preferences than written documents alone. More studies are needed with an experimental design, in different settings, including the community.
Length of publication: 26p.
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