Community care is a means to a better end

December 21, 2012

Source: Health Service Journal 10 December 2012

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Date of publication: December 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article comments on a number of reports providing evidence that community-based services can improve the quality of end of life care.

Length of publication: 1 page

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Older adults’ experiences of transitions between care settings at the end of life in England: A qualitative interview study

October 3, 2012

Source: Journal of Pain and Symptom Management 2012, 44(1) p74-83

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Date of publication: July 2012

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The aim of this article is to explore older adults’ experiences as they move between places of care at the end of life. The article concludes that qualitative study of transitions provides valuable insights into end-of-life care, even in countries where there are few financial barriers to services. This study has highlighted a need for continued attention to basic aspects of care and communication between professionals and with patients.

Length of publication: 10 pages

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The working of an integrated community palliative care team

May 28, 2012

Source: BMJ Supportive and Palliative Care

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Date of publication: May 2012

Publication type: Website

In a nutshell: The authors give an insight into the working of an integrated community palliative care team at St. Catherine’s Hospice Preston.


Nurse-led support improves dementia care at end of life

January 27, 2012

Source: Journal of Dementia Care Vol. 19(6) p18-19

Date of publication: November 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article look at the role of the ‘Nurse Facilitator for End of Life Care (Dementia)’ which is aimed at improving end of life care in the community for people with dementia in Lambeth and Southwark. The time-limited role to enhance the end of life care skills of staff in nursing homes and in the community, including training on pain assessment and communication with other professionals, is described

Length of publication: 2 pages

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A narrative literature review of the evidence regarding the economic impact of avoidable hospitalizations amongst palliative care patients in the UK

November 28, 2011

Source: Progress in Palliative Care 2011 v.19(6), p291-8

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Date of publication: November 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: This article carries out a  narrative review of the evidence relating to the potential economic impact of reducing avoidable admissions among palliative care patients in the UK. The article concludes that the evidence base from the UK relating to the economic impact of avoidable admissions in palliative care is limited. Although two recent retrospective studies suggest that there are currently high levels of avoidable admissions, the feasibility of avoiding such admissions and the full economic consequences of such changes have not been clearly demonstrated. Further evidence is needed to provide a more robust estimate of the extent to which the additional costs of providing high-quality community support are offset by reduced inpatient usage by palliative care patients.

Length of publication: 8 pages

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National end of life care strategy: third annual report

October 28, 2011

Source:  National End of Life Care Programme

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Date of publication: September 2011

Publication type: Report

In a nutshell: Produced by the Department of Health, this comprehensive report on the National EoLC Strategy details progress over the last year in the context of significant political, organisational and financial changes.  New key drivers are identified and mechanisms to incorporate them into the programme are set out.  Chapters include: Meeting the challenges of EoLC; The information revolution for people approaching the end of life; Improving outcomes for people approaching the end of life (care planning, coordination and delivery and commissioning).  The next steps for the programme are described in detail. 

Length of publication: 82 pages


The future of UK palliative care: reflections on the recommendations of the Palliative Care Funding Review

September 26, 2011

Source: International Journal of Palliative Nursing Vol. 17(7) p316-319

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Date of publication: July 2011

Publication type: Article

In a nutshell: The recommendations of the Palliative Care Funding Review have potentially fundamental implications for the future of palliative care delivery in the UK. This article looks at the reasons why a new funding system is needed; defining the state’s responsibility for meeting palliative and end-of-life care needs; and implementation of the new funding system.

Length of publication: 4 pages

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