Marie Curie launches new pilot scheme

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

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Is end-of-life care a priority for policymakers? Qualitative documentary analysis of health care strategies

October 15, 2018

Source: Palliative Medicine 2018; 32 (9): 1474-1486

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Date of publication: October 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This study looks at the extent to which regional Health and Wellbeing Boards have identified end-of-life care needs in their local populations and if they have prioritised end-of-life care within their respective strategies. The study concludes that only half of Health and Wellbeing Board strategies mention end-of-life care, few prioritise it and none cite evidence for effective interventions.

Length of publication: 13 pages


Music therapy in UK palliative and end-of-life care: a service evaluation

September 12, 2018

Source: BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care 2018; 8 (3): 282-284

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Date of publication: September 2018

Publication type: Short Report

In a nutshell: This service evaluation aims to identify the provision, role and perceived impact of UK music therapists in supporting patients receiving palliative and end-of-life care, their families and health and social care professionals.

Length of publication: 3 pages


How can end of life care excellence be normalized in hospitals: Lessons from a qualitative framework study

September 12, 2018

Source: BMC Palliative Care 2018; 17: 100

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This qualitative study investigates how a tool for end-of-life care was embedded in a large Australian teaching hospital. As part of the study, the authors propose a model to guide implementation of end-of-life care tools in acute settings. The model promotes interprofessional and interdisciplinary working and learning strategies to develop capabilities for embedding end of life care excellence.

Length of publication: 12 pages


Improving end-of-life care in an intensive care unit: a collaborative quality improvement project

September 12, 2018

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2018; 24 (8): 378-386

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: This collaborative quality improvement project was undertaken to develop and implement a pilot intervention to improve end-of-life care for patients in an open intensive care unit in Canada. The interventions used included training in end-of-life care as well as the adaptation of tools to promote communication with the patient and his or her family.

Length of publication: 9 pages


How We Should Assess the Delivery of End-Of-Life Care in General Practice? A Systematic Review

September 12, 2018

Source: Journal of Palliative Medicine 2018 Aug 23. [Epub ahead of print]

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Date of publication: August 2018

Publication type: Journal Article

In a nutshell: Due to the limited knowledge about how end of life care is delivered, assessed and supported in general practice, this article aims to:

  1. Review the existing evaluation tools used for assessment of the delivery of end of life care from the perspective of general practice
  2. Describe how end of life care is provided in general practice
  3. Identify major areas of concern in providing end of life care in this context

Inequalities in access to hospice and palliative care

August 3, 2018

Source: Cross Party Group on Hospices and Palliative Care

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Date of publication: July 2018

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: This report finds that people with terminal illnesses and life-limiting conditions in Wales – especially dementia, heart failure and neurological conditions – face a range of barriers in accessing hospice and palliative care. It argues that unequal access to appropriate care for people with terminal and life-limiting conditions is influenced by a range of complex factors. These include people’s diagnoses, age and where they live.

Length of publication: 44 pages