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Care of the DyingA pathway to excellence$
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John Ellershaw and Susie Wilkinson

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780199550838

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: November 2011

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.001.0001

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What is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)?

What is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)?

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(p.15) Chapter 2 What is the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP)?
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Care of the Dying
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John Ellershaw (Contributor Webpage)

Deborah Murphy

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199550838.003.0002

This chapter discusses in detail the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP), which was briefly discussed in the introductory chapter. It looks at the LCP Continuous Quality Improvement Programme, which is one of the key programmes found within the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute Liverpool (MCPCIL) portfolio. It discusses the format and outline of the LCP and introduces the concepts of variance reporting, which tells the ‘story’ of the patient's journey and current condition, and organizational governance. It then moves on to the innovation and change model, the recognition and diagnosis of dying, and the MDT assessment. The latter half of the chapter focuses on the different steps taken in order to complete the LCP.

Keywords:   Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient, diagnosis, variance reporting, organizational governance, innovation and change, dying, MDT assessment

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