Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making – General Medical Council [UK] – 20 May 2010

Posted on May 26, 2010. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: |

Treatment and care towards the end of life: good practice in decision making – General Medical Council [UK] – 20 May 2010

New guidance for doctors from the General Medical Council [UK]

Patients must be given the opportunity in advance to discuss what treatment and care they want towards the end of life, according to this guidance from the General Medical Council (GMC).

For the first time, the GMC has given doctors in the UK guidance on advance care planning for patients nearing the end of life, including how to manage advance requests and refusals of treatment. The guidance has been updated to reflect concern from patients that they would not receive the treatment and care they would want towards the end of life. It emphasises to doctors the importance of listening to patients and recording an advance care plan to help ensure that everyone involved in treating the patient can understand and follow their wishes.

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