Caring for people who are dying: priorities at the end of life
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Caring for people who are dying: priorities at the end of life

Ann Regan Specialist nurse in dementia, Willow Wood Hospice, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England
Jane Colling Dementia/frailty nurse, Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire, England

Care of people who are dying is an emotive topic, and there is only one chance to get it right for each individual approaching death. Failure to do so can hinder and complicate the grieving process of those left behind. Embedding core nursing values is integral to improving the quality of care given to all patients and those close to them. The Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People examined criticism of the Liverpool Care Pathway and formulated a new proposal, introducing five priorities for end of life care. Organisations, teams and individuals should consider how they can use these priorities to achieve high quality end of life care for all, at the time and in the way that each individual needs it.

Nursing Standard. 29, 24, 51-58. doi: 10.7748/ns.29.24.51.e9710

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review

Received: 27 October 2014

Accepted: 20 November 2014