End of life care End of life care is support for people who are in the last months or years of their life

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The aim of end of life care should be to help people to live as well as possible until they die and to help people to die with dignity.

Our recent work and content on this topic is listed below.

Addressing possible problems with patients’ expectations, plans and decisions for the future

Journal article
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9 May 2019

One strategy used by experienced clinicians in advance care planning conversations

The Departure Lounge

Research project

A public engagement project aiming to enable people to talk more openly about death, dying and our ageing population.

Nurse-led palliative care for patients without complex medical needs

Newsletter feature
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30 November 2017

During 2015-16, St Gemma’s Hospice in Leeds piloted an innovative service for patients approaching the end of their life who wouldn’t normally be eligible for hospice care as they don’t have complex m...

'See what I see'

Improvement project

This project aimed to reduce waiting times and hospital admissions, and improve quality of care and GP capacity.

Is it acceptable to video-record palliative care consultations for research and training purposes? A qualitative interview study exploring the views of hospice patients, carers and clinical staff

Journal article
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7 July 2017

Background: Research using video recordings can advance understanding of healthcare communication and improve care, but making and using video recordings carries risks. Aim: To explore views of hos...

Allocative efficiency in end-of-life care

Research project

This project will look at whether improvements in the efficiency of health and social care delivery at the end of life could enable access to higher-quality and more personalised care for patients.

Palliative pain management programme

Improvement project

This project adapted a hospital-based pain management programme for the hospice setting, to empower palliative care patients with chronic pain to effectively manage their pain themselves

Management of advanced chronic liver disease in a hospice setting – a shared care strategy

Improvement project

This project aimed to improve care for people with advanced chronic liver disease through timely access to support services and interventions, and hospice-based clinical and therapeutic services.

What is it like to work on the Gold Line?

Article
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22 October 2015

Fran Duxbury and Alex Blake are senior nurses. Both work on the Gold Line, answering calls from patients in the last year of their lives, and their carers. The service runs 24 hours a day from Airedal...

Being part of Gold Line is one of the things I’m most proud of

Article
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22 October 2015

Why working on the Gold Line has left a lasting impression on all those involved.

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