End of Life Care: Fifth report of Session 2014-15

April 10, 2015

Source: House of Commons Health Committee

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Date of publication: March 2015

Publication type: Parliamentary report

In a nutshell: This report looks at the state of End of Life Care since the Independent Review of the Liverpool Care Pathway. This report makes a number of recommendations for improvement.

Length of publication: 54p.



Palliative Care Research: A Vision for the Future

October 3, 2012

Source: The Christie School of Oncology

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In a nutshell: This event will present and discuss the future visions for palliative care research and examples of research projects from across the Greater Manchester locality will also be presented.

Rachael Addicott on end-of-life commissioning

July 2, 2012

Source: King’s Fund

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Date of publication: Updated June 2012

Publication type: Powerpoint and audio commentary

In a nutshell: Rachael Addicott, senior fellow at The King’s Fund, presents the early findings from her research into end-of-life commissioning, along with case studies of innovation and best practice.


What is the evidence that palliative care teams improve outcomes for cancer patients and their families?

October 29, 2010

Source: The Cancer Journal

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Date of publication: September/October 2010

Publication type: Article.

In a nutshell: A systematic review of how specialist palliative care services have developed to meet the complex needs of advanced cancer sufferers.  The evidence demonstrated that home, hospital, and inpatient specialist palliative care significantly improved patient outcomes in relation to pain and symptom control, anxiety, and reduced hospital admissions. The results suggest that specialist palliative care should be part of care for cancer patients

Length of publication: 14 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

Acknowledgement:  Palliative Care Journal Club

Improving social work in intensive care unit palliative care:results of a quality improvement intervention.

June 24, 2010

Source:  Journal of Palliative Medicine, March 2010, 13 (3) p.297-304

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Date of publication: March 2010

Publication type: article

In a nutshell: This article describes a study based in a 350-bed hospital with 65 ICU beds with the objective of examining the social worker component of an intervention to improve interdisciplinary palliative care in the ICU.  The effect of the intervention on three outcomes was measured: (1) families’ satisfaction with social work, (2) social workers’ reported palliative and supportive activities, and (3) social workers’ satisfaction with meeting family needs. The study showed an increase in social worker-reported activities which positvely supports the value of the model of interdisciplinary intervention however  results did not demonstrate improvements in other outcomes.

Length of publication: 8 pages

Some important notes: Please contact your local NHS Library for the full text of the article. Follow this link to find your local NHS Library.

 Acknowledgement: Medline.

The impact of advance care planning on elderly patients: a randomised control trial

May 28, 2010

Title: The impact of advance care planning on elderly patients: a randomised control trial

Source: British Medical Journal, 2010, 340 p845-849

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Date of publication: April 2010

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article details a randomised control trial involving 309 patients in Australia and concludes that advance care planning improves end of life care and patient and family satisfaction and reduces stress, anxiety, and depression in surviving relatives.

Length of publication: 5 pages

Acknowledgement: Palliative Journal Club

Palliative care partnerships

January 8, 2010

Title:  Palliative care partnerships

SourceNursing Management

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Date of publication:  October 2009

Publication type: Journal article.

In a nutshell:  Research undertaken jointly by the Commission for the Compact and Help the Hospices indicates that there are issues which need to be addressed if partnerships are to achieve excellence.  By using the ‘Compact’ which is a set of guidelines for partnership working for voluntary and public sector bodies, relationships between organisations can be enhanced with clear benefits for patients.

 The article focuses on six important themes which emerged from the study:

* Funding and contracting arrangements.

* Maintaining the independence of hospices.

* Expertise of practitioners.

* Need for proactive approaches to care.

* Role of volunteers.

* Importance of personal relationships.

Length of publication: 4 pages.