NICE publishes new end of life care quality standard – 30 November 2011

Posted on December 9, 2011. Filed under: Palliative Care | Tags: , |

NICE publishes new end of life care quality standard – 30 November 2011

“Around half a million people die each year in England and the issues considered to be important at this time can differ enormously from one person to another. Preparation for death, communication with carers and physicians that is sensitive and responsive, and being treated with dignity and respect are often deemed significant.

This new quality standard includes 16 statements for the care of adults (18 years and older) with advanced, progressive, or incurable conditions who are approaching the end of their life and are expected to die within the next 12 months. The end of life definition also includes adults with existing conditions who are at risk of dying from a sudden, acute crisis in their condition, or those with life-threatening acute conditions caused by sudden catastrophic events. The standard also covers support for the families and carers of such people.

The quality standard statements include:”

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