July 10, 2015
Source: Public Health England
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Date of publication: June 26th
Publication type: Press release
In a nutshell: The ‘What We Know Now 2014’ report suggests a growing understanding within the health sector of what is important to people at the end of life. The report finds that home continues to be the preferred place of death for people in England, followed by hospices and care homes. The proportion of people dying at home or in care homes has increased from 35% (166,749) in 2004 to 44% (207,764) in 2013. The number of people dying in hospitals has dropped by 50,000 since 2004. In 2013, this was less than half of all deaths (227,748).
The factors most important to people at the end of their life are having pain and other symptoms managed effectively, being surrounded by loved ones and being treated with dignity.
June 1, 2015
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Date of publication: May 2015
Publication type: News article
In a nutshell: A new project in North Manchester, involving The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, GP practices, Macmillan and St Ann’s Hospice, aims to ensure better access to palliative care for anyone who needs it. The service aims to ensure better access to palliative care for everyone, and to increase the number of patients being supported in their preferred place of care, enable patients to die where they would choose and reduce unnecessary hospital admissions.
September 9, 2014
Source: European Journal of Cancer Care 2014 doi: 10.1111/ecc.12195
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Date of publication: April 2014 (online ahead of print)
Publication type: Article
In a nutshell: The Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service (MMSPCS) is a UK, medical consultant-led, multidisciplinary team aiming to provide round-the-clock advice and care, including specialist interventions, in the home, community hospitals and care homes. The authors present a study of the Midhurst Macmillan Specialist Palliative Care Service, which provides specialised hands-on palliative care in a community setting in an area of South-East England, UK. This service is distinct in that it is medical consultant-led and aims to deliver interventions in the home setting that are usually considered to require hospital admission. Patients and carers reported positive experiences of support, linked to the flexible way the service worked.
Length of publication: 14p.
August 9, 2013
Source: The Cochrane Library
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Date of publication: June 2013
Publication type: Systematic Review
In a nutshell: A new review from the Cochrane Pain, Palliative and Supportive Care Group looked at the impact of home palliative care services on the chances of dying at home and on other outcomes for patients and their caregivers, such as symptom control and quality of life. The review team also aimed to compare resource use and costs associated with these services and summarize the current evidence on cost-effectiveness.
Length of publication: 281 pages
March 4, 2013
Source: National End of Life Care Programme
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Date of publication: February 2013
Publication type: Report
In a nutshell: Predictive modelling involves the interrogation of datasets to inform professional judgement about potential needs. It is hoped that the findings of this report will be used to enable commissioners and providers of services to better understand and meet people’s end of life care preferences and wishes, supporting more people to live and die well in their preferred place.
Length of publication: 31p.
December 21, 2012
Source: Nuffield Trust
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Date of publication: November 2012
Publication type: Report
In a nutshell: This study examines whether the home-based nursing service provided by Marie Curie Cancer Care helps more people to die at home, and reduces hospital use and costs at the end of life.
Length of publication: Summary: 16p and Report: 62p