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Palliative Care

Being the asset in palliative care

Community nurses (CN) in charge of providing palliative and end of life care are central to the quality of care provided, and by extension, the dignity in death afforded to these people. When viewed...

Incontinence in palliative care: assessment to promote dignity

UI has a stigma and can cause an individual to hide symptoms and avoid seeking appropriate help (Payne, 2017; Smith et al, 2019), often causing a communication barrier with the DN. Incontinence can...

Thinking out loud: what you can do before you die

What can I do to prepare for death? .

Storytelling in palliative care

‘… you think about things that you haven't thought about in a long time, and that gives you some pleasure … you can pass them onto future generations of the family.’ .

Reflecting on caring and death anxiety during the pandemic

It is important to make the point that death is the extinction of life. Therefore, we can say that, inevitably, death is a primordial and primary source of anxiety experienced when we care, as most...

Achieving equity of access to palliative care

While this column is written for UK community nurses, issues of inequity are a global problem (Reimer-Kirkham et al, 2016; Hunt et al, 2019); therefore, we should look for a global solution, working...

Back to basics: communication in palliative care

The skill of maintaining silence with patients involves the use of purposeful silent periods to enable the patient to divulge more information about their emotional state. Although these periods of...

Focus on the patient: applying the essentials of palliative care

With so many demands and challenges encountered, it is probably easy to forget why we provide palliative and end-of-life care. A timely reminder was offered to always start by focusing on the patient....

The struggle for assisted dying in the UK: lessons from Western Australia

First, we have to accept that the UK is still struggling with this legislative dilemma that would allow patients the choice to request assistance to die when they experience unbearable progressive...

Improving palliative care access

To do this successfully, an awareness and recognition of the reasons why these groups may be reluctant or find it hard to access services is important.

Being an end-of-life doula

‘Dying is not an act you can easily undertake yourself. If being born amid those who will love you is the first best hope of life, dying within a community is the last’ .

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