Improving end of life care for adults
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Improving end of life care for adults

Eleanor Sherwen Patient experience manager, NHS England, Essex Area Team, Essex

With people being given more choice about where to die, it is important that healthcare professionals strive to assist a good death in all care settings. Death is a personal, spiritual and social event, which is unique to the individual. Nurses are in an ideal position to support the person who is dying and those who are important and close to them. There are many aspects to be considered in assisting a good death, including symptom management, compassionate communication and an understanding of what is important to the individual.


Nursing Standard. 28, 32,51-57. doi: 10.7748/ns2014.

Received: 08 November 2013

Accepted: 28 January 2014

Published in print: 09 April 2014

Peer review

This article has been subject to double blind peer review