End-of-life care for homeless people: A qualitative analysis exploring the challenges to access and provision of palliative care

July 17, 2017

Source: Palliative Medicine 2017 July 3. [e-pub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: July 2017

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Being homeless or vulnerably housed is associated with death at a young age, frequently related to medical problems complicated by drug or alcohol dependence. Homeless people experience high symptom burden at the end of life, yet palliative care service use is limited.

Length of publication: 10 pages


Experts debate end of life care in hospitals

July 17, 2017

Source: Marie Curie

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Date of publication: June 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Experts from three countries gathered in Glasgow to discuss the challenges and successes in delivering end of life care in hospitals.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Marie Curie launch new end of life care programme

May 17, 2017

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: Marie Curie has launched a new palliative and end of life care programme designed to meet the increasing demands of the UK’s ageing population. The Design to Care Programme has brought together experts from palliative care, engineering, design, social sciences and public health to put together a new framework. It is set to meet the increasingly complex palliative care needs of the UK’s population, and to be flexible enough to be rolled out anywhere in the UK for all people at the end of life.

Length of publication: 1 page


Hospice and ambulance service team up on Facebook to train paramedics in end of life care

May 17, 2017

Source: eHospice

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Date of publication: April 2017

Publication type: News Item

In a nutshell: The Hospice of St Francis and The East of England Ambulance NHS Trust (EEAST) joined forces earlier this month with a live Facebook chat about paramedics called to emergencies of patients at the end of life. The event was part of the ambulance service’s End of Life Care Awareness month and aims to increase the skills and knowledge of its paramedic team in relation to managing patients at the end of life.

Length of publication: 1 page


Living with and dying from advanced heart failure: understanding the needs of older patients at the end of life

November 4, 2015

Source: BMC Geriatrics October 2015

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: Old and very old patients with advanced heart failure often do not acknowledge the seriousness and severity of the disease. Their communication with physicians predominantly focuses on curative treatment. Therefore, aspects such as self-management of the disease, dealing with emergency situations and end-of-life issues should be addressed more prominently. An advanced care planning (ACP) programme for heart disease in older people could be an option to improve patient-centred care.

Length of publication: 21 pages

 


Successful launch of North Manchester Macmillan Palliative Care Support Service

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

 


UK quality statements on end of life care in dementia: a systematic review of research evidence

November 3, 2015

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2015 v14.:51

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Date of publication: October 2015

Publication type: Research article

In a nutshell: The importance of a palliative approach in the care of people with dementia is recognised and there are national polices to enhance current care. In the UK implementation of these polices is promoted by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) Dementia Quality Standards (QS). Since publication of the QS new care interventions have been developed. This article critically reviews current research evidence relevant to EOL Quality Standards. The article concludes that Quality statements relevant to EOL care are useful to advance practice however they have a limited evidence base. High quality empirical work is needed to establish that the recommendations in these statements are best practice.

Length of publication: 15 pages