Developing end of life care provision in the community

East of EnglandGeneric Health Relevance
Published Date: 1 Dec 2012

Developing end of life care provision in the community 

Project description

Primary Care is central to the provision of End of Life Care (EOLC). Most of the last year of life is spent at home under the care of General Practitioners (GPs) and Community Nurses (CNs). Nationally, 19% of deaths occur at home and 18% in care homes, under the care of GPs and CNs. Local and national strategies emphasise the importance of increasing EOLC provision at home, and the involvement of GPs and CNs in the care of patients approaching the EOL is set to increase over the coming years. Medical and nursing student training in EOLC is limited; this leaves many clinicians feeling unprepared when providing care for people near the end of their lives, feeling that they lack the training and knowledge required to deliver high quality EOLC. Previous studies have investigated the education and knowledge of GPs, while CNs have been little studied in this regard. This study investigated the knowledge and prescribing habits of Peterborough and Cambridgeshire GPs and CNs in order to identify training and educational needs. It also gathered information on their views on the out of hours services in their area and their preferences for further EOLC education

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