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Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Rapid Evidence Review: Pathways focused on the dying phase in End of Life Care and their key components

Dr. Ruth Perry, Jane Seymour, Becky Whittaker, Lydia Bird and Karen Cox of the Sue Ryder Care Centre for the Study of Supportive, Palliative and End of Life Care at the University of Nottingham released a rapid evidence review on the pathways on the dying phase in end of life care.  This rapid evidence review of peer reviewed research was developed through consultation with the National End of Life Programme in the UK.  The aim of this review was to provide clear, evidence-based information on end-of-life to encourage a review of best practice and whether change of practice is necessary.
The review asks what is the best evidence on the following questions:
·         The impact of integrated care pathways?
·         The impacts of pathways for the management of the dying phase in end of life care?
·         The practice and effects of:
o   Predicting imminent dying in people nearing the end of life?
o   Communication amongst family members, patients, and staff in the last few days and hours of life?
o   Clinically-assisted nutrition and clinically-assisted hydration in the last few days and hours of life?
o   Sedation in the last few days and hours of life?
For more information and to download a copy of the rapid evidence review, please visit:

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