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Care of the Dying: A pathway to excellence

John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Abstract

Even for the most experienced healthcare professional, managing the last few days of life can be difficult. This book provides guidelines for the care of the dying based on the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP). Developed at a hospice, the information can be disseminated and adapted to fit different settings such as hospitals and nursing homes. The LCP is a multiprofessional document that incorporates evidence-based practice and appropriate guidelines related to care of the dying. It provides a template that describes the process of care which is generally delivered in a clini ... More

Keywords: healthcare professional, LCP, hospitals, nursing homes, care pathways, bedside documentation systems, symptom control, ethical issues, communication skills, spiritual care

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780199550838
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

John Ellershaw, editor
Professor of Palliative Medicine, University of Liverpool and Director of the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute, Liverpool, UK
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Susie Wilkinson, editor
Head of Palliative Care Research, Marie Curie Palliative Care Research & Development Unit, Royal Free & University College Medical School, London, UK