Good practice in helping clients cope with terminal illness
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Good practice in helping clients cope with terminal illness

Anna Marriott Research fellow, Norah Fry Research Centre, Bristol
Jan Marriott Co-chair, Gloucestershire Learning Disability Partnership Board
Pauline Heslop Senior research fellow, University of Bristol

Anna Marriott and colleagues describe how a multiprofessional team provided end of life care to a person with learning disabilities who had been diagnosed with cancer

The Confidential Inquiry into Premature Deaths of People with Learning Disabilities reviewed the deaths over a two-year period of all people with learning disabilities living in five primary care trusts. It aimed to identify good practice in the care of people with learning disabilities, and to contribute to learning and recommendations about what might have been done differently. This article presents a case study about end-of-life planning and palliative care. It discusses how a multidisciplinary team collaborated to support an individual with a terminal condition. Examples are given of the good practice recognised by the confidential inquiry investigation and learning points arising from the case are highlighted.

Learning Disability Practice. 16, 6, 22-25. doi: 10.7748/ldp2013.


Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Conflict of interest

None declared

Received: 07 February 2013

Accepted: 15 May 2013