Helping people to die with dignity, compassion and comfort is an important goal of any health service. Recent accounts have provided rich insights into some of the challenges for healthcare professionals trying to meet the needs of people at the end of life, ranging from reports of inequalities in access to specialist palliative care to skills and training gaps for general staff caring for the dying.
This themed review brings together NIHR evidence focusing largely on the quality and organisation of end of life care. It features:
increase in the annual number of deaths between 2015 and 2035, according to mortality trends and forecasts.
average care costs in the last three months of life.
of bereaved relatives felt hospital was the right place for the patient to die.
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Katherine Sleeman, June 2nd