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End of life

Research Roundup

Digital health and self-management among patients with chronic disease have been gaining in popularity over recent years. The number of people living with diabetes in particular is steadily on the...

Family carers' administration of injectable medications at the end of life: a service evaluation of a novel intervention

The service evaluation utilised quality improvement methods to understand the implementation and outcomes of the procedure, identify opportunities for strengthening and monitoring patient safety...

Effectiveness of home-based end-of-life care

This commentary aims to critically appraise the methods used within the review by Shepperd et al (2021) and to expand upon its findings in the context of clinical practice..

The challenges homeless people face when accessing end-of-life care: what district nurses need to know

Homelessness is often thought of as ‘rough sleeping’, yet a wider definition is generally used that HCPs should be aware of. Crisis (2022a) defines homelessness as:.

Roles and responsibilities of the community palliative care key worker: a scoping review

This review sought to provide an overview of the existing literature on the role and responsibilities of the palliative care key worker. Despite being advocated in policies and guidelines (NICE, 2004;...

Addressing and acting on individual ideas on continence care

A continence assessment is an essential process for an individual who experiences bladder dysfunction, as it is intended to capture critical clinical information (Ellis et al, 2017). It is considered...

Managing Do Not Attempt Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation conversations in the community

Four main themes emerged from the interviews: (1) learning through experiences, (2) feeling responsible to get it right, (3) initiating the conversation and (4) barriers to DNACPR discussions..

Barriers and facilitators to implementing the Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool in a community palliative care setting

The Carer Support Needs Assessment Tool (CSNAT) assesses the support needs of informal carers of people with a terminal illness (Ewing and Grande, 2013). This is a 14-item tool that assesses (a)...

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