End of Life Journal Archives

Content tagged with End-of-life care

Going for Gold: the Gold Standards Framework programme and accreditation in primary care

Collette Clifford, Keri Thomas, Julie Armstrong-Wilson

Primary care teams are pivotal in caring for patients in the final year of life, enabling more to live well and die where they choose. They face increasing pressures from an ageing population, rising mortality and limited resources. Therefore, proactive approaches are required to support people nearing the end of... Read full article

Inequalities in end-of-life care still exist

Heather Richardson

"I live in a society where I get good end-of-life care regardless of who I am, where I live or the circumstances of my life" The above statement has been written from the perspective of someone nearing the end of life. It represents one of six positive ambitions for palliative... Read full article

Importance of social care in promoting personalised end-of-life planning

John Powell

I have worked in social care for the past 36 years. I started my professional life working with children, before transferring to the adult world in 2000. In my new role I started to have frequent involvement with people who were dying. I became aware of the variable practice that... Read full article

Dementia special interest group: shared learning across dementia, palliative and end-of-life care domains

Karen Harrison Dening, Marie Cooper

There is a growing impetus to improve care for people with dementia at the end of life and facilitate better access to palliative care. Some settings and services are concerned that they are ill equipped to care for this group of people, in respect to environment and knowledge and skills.... Read full article

Undergraduate nursing students’ construction of a good and bad death

Oluwatomilayo (Tomi) Adesina, Anita De Bellis, Lana Zannettino

Background Nurses have a key role to play in ensuring that high-quality care is given to patients throughout their disease trajectory, including at the end of life. An increase in the ageing population in Western countries means that nurses are responsible for providing end-of-life care in a range of clinical... Read full article

End-of-life care in a case of severe anorexia nervosa and end-stage liver disease

Martin Curtice, Wasan Bajallan, Caroline Winkle

This article reviews a Court of Protection case involving a woman, Ms X, with two severe medical conditions: anorexia nervosa and end-stage liver cirrhosis due to alcohol dependence. Each of these conditions alone warranted end-of-life care planning. When combined, they provided a far more unique and complex presentation because of... Read full article

End-of-life care for patients on haemodialysis

Mitesh Patel, Jyoti Baharani

Many patients with chronic illness will require end-of-life (EOL) care. This is the case with many patients who suffer from chronic kidney disease. When patients start haemodialysis (HD), the nuances of care for kidney disease take over. Often, when these patients reach the EOL, this is not always recognised, resulting... Read full article

So many reports, so much consensus, yet still so much need for change

Charles Turton

The end-of-life care world cannot complain about a lack of associated reviews and reports—my own database has 48 from the UK since the national End of Life Care Strategy was published 7 years ago (Department of Health 2008). Read full article

The Emotional Labour of Caring for Patients at the End of Life

Deborah Holman

Nurses’ emotional commitment to their patients contributes to the quality and excellence of nursing care and enhances the nurse–patient relationship. Nurses are expected to manage their emotions in order to present a professional demeanour and maintain professional boundaries, while at the same time provide genuine caring behaviour to their patients.... Read full article

Oral Hygiene In Dying Patients With Diminished Consciousness

Susan Martin

Xerostomia (subjective sensation of oral dryness) and stomatitis (sore mouth) are common in patients with terminal disease and have considerable impact on patients’ wellbeing. Patients with diminished consciousness may still be aware of oral discomfort such as a dry mouth. Therefore, good oral hygiene is an important nursing role when... Read full article

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