A road less lonely: Moving forward with public health approaches to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland

May 29, 2018

Source: ehospice

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Date of publication: April 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: The Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care and Good Life, Good Death, Good Grief have published a report looking at how to encourage more supportive attitudes and behaviours relating to death, dying and bereavement in Scotland. It highlights a range of relevant projects that are improving people’s experiences of death, dying and bereavement.

Length of publication: 92 pages



Is dying in hospital better than home in incurable cancer and what factors influence this? A population-based study

October 9, 2015

Source: BMC Medicine 2015, 13:235

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This study aims to determine the association between place of death, health services used, and pain, feeling at peace, and grief intensity.  The authors determined factors influencing death at home, and associations between place of death and pain, peace, and grief. Findings suggest that dying at home is better than hospital for peace and grief, but requires a discussion of preferences, GP home visits, and relatives to be given time off work.

Length of publication: 14 pages


Sue Ryder launches online community as new bereavement research is published

July 16, 2015

Source: Sue Ryder

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Date of publication: July 2015

Publication type: Webpage

In a nutshell: Sue Ryder has published findings from a new survey which highlight how sharing experiences of bereavement has a positive impact on how long it takes people to feel better. The research, which was conducted with Census Wide and had 2,053 respondents, found that it takes an average of two years, one month and four days to feel better following a bereavement.

“Sue Ryder’s new online community support service is an excellent way of bringing bereaved people together, so they do not feel isolated and can more easily get the peer support, advice and information they need.”

More information about the new online community and support is available on the Sue Ryder website.


What to expect when someone important to you is dying: A guide for carers, families and friends of dying people

March 30, 2015

Source: NCPC; Sue Ryder; Hospice UK

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Guidelines

In a nutshell:A new guide which prepares people on what to expect when someone is dying has been published by the National Council for Palliative Care. ‘What to expect when someone important to you is dying’ aims to demystify the dying process so that people better understand the changes that can happen to their loved ones in the last days of life.

Length of publication: 24p.


Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care: Strategic Framework for Action

February 3, 2015

Source: Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care

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Date of publication: January 2015

Publication type: Position Paper

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has produced a position paper which aims to set out the current position regarding the development of a Strategic Framework for Action for Palliative and End of Life Care.

Length of publication: 12 pages


Caring for people in the last days and hours of life – Guidance

January 9, 2015

Source: The Scottish Government

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Date of publication: December 2014

Publication type: Guidance

In a nutshell: The Scottish Government has published new national guidance to support clinical and care staff who are planning and providing care during the last days and hours of life, following the phasing out of the Liverpool Care Pathway.

Length of publication: 15 pages


ONS report shows wide variety in quality of care given in the last three months of life across England

December 21, 2012
Source: Office for National Statistics

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Date of publication: November 2012

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Wide variations in the quality of end of life care across the country were revealed in a report published  by the Office for National Statistics (ONS). The first national VOICES survey asked recently bereaved people about the quality of care received by their loved ones in their last three months of life. Full statistical findings were published in July 2012. This report breaks down findings from the survey by Primary Care Trust (PCT) clusters. Results showed how:

  • PCT Clusters in the South West were regularly rated in the top 20 per cent across all areas of care. Bournemouth and Poole and Dorset PCT Cluster was rated particularly highly.
  • The North East and North West of the country were rated highly, particularly for quality of care, dignity and respect and patient care and support. The North of Tyne PCT Cluster scored highly across all areas.
  • The poorest ratings were given to London PCT Clusters, which were featured regularly in the bottom 20 per cent.

Length of publication: 12p.

Acknowledgement: National End of Life Care Programme