Tag Archives: End of Life Care

Transitions at the end of life for older adults: patient, carer and professional perspectives: a mixed-methods study

By Hanratty, B. et al. Health Services & Delivery Research, 2014; 2 (17)

The aim of this study was to understand the experiences, influences and consequences of transitions between settings for older adults at the end of life. Three conditions, heart failure, lung cancer and stroke, were the focus of study, chosen to represent differing disease trajectories.

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National care of the dying audit for hospitals, England: National report 2014

By The Royal College of Physicians (2014)

This report has found significant variations in care across hospitals in England.  The audit shows that major improvements need to be made to ensure better care for dying people, and better support for their families, carers, friends and those important to them. While previous audits had been based on the goals of care within the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP), the new audit sampled the care of dying people in hospital, regardless of whether they were supported by the LCP or other care pathways or frameworks, and included more hospitals than the previous audits.

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A better life: valuing our later years

By Joseph Rowntree Foundation (2013)

Hundreds of thousands of older people need  a great deal of support. This book presents a  vision of what life can be like, and should be  like, for all of us as we get older. This vision is  not unattainable, it is about being recognised  as individuals, with our own passions,  preferences and interests. It is about having a  network of meaningful relationships, about  being able to get the right support – no  matter where we live. It is about being looked  after by staff who are confident, who are able  to relate to us and who are appreciated for  the work they do. It is about new ideas, but  also simple things that can matter a lot, like  being able to get outdoors. It is about older  people speaking up and driving change.

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Coordinated care for people with complex condition: key lessons and markers for success

By The King’s Fund (2013)

This report presents the findings from a two-year research project funded by Aetna and the Aetna Foundation. It aimed to understand the key components of effective strategies employed by studying five UK-based programmes to deliver co-ordinated care for people with long-term and complex needs. It elicits some key lessons and markers for success to help identify how care co-ordination might be transferred from the UK to the US context.

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What we know now 2013: new information collated by the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network

By Public Health England (2013)

This report collates information and intelligence collected by the National End of Life Intelligence Care Network and partners over the last year. Key findings from the report include that the proportion of people dying at home or in care homes increased from 38 per cent in 2008 to 44 per cent in 2012. It also reports large variations in the proportion of deaths in hospital by local authority area, though the reasons for this are complex.

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Time to choose: making choice at the end of life a reality

By Macmillan Cancer Support (October 2013)

This report calls for social care to be made free for everyone at the end of life. It found that almost three quarters of cancer patients in England who die in hospital beds wanted to die at home. It sets out new recommendations for improving choice at end of life for cancer patients.

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Commissioning children’s palliative care: a guide for clinical commissioning groups

By Together for Short Lives (2013)

This document describes the population of children who need palliative care; the services and professionals who provide it; and recommendations for the commissioning of children’s palliative care within the context of the five stages of commissioning set out by the NHS Institute for Innovation and Improvement.

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