End-of-life education in the acute setting

Sarah Cox, Lisa Jane Brighton, Sarah Russell

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End-of-life care (EoLC) should be seen as everyone’s business in acute hospital settings; a focus on targeted education and training in EoLC has the potential to improve the delivery of care for, and experiences of, patients and their families. We discuss the challenges associated with providing EoLC education in acute settings, and make recommendations around what should be delivered, to whom, when and how, including the measurement of impact of educational interventions. To deliver excellent education, content and delivery needs to be multifaceted, tailored to the needs of staff, and, importantly, led by the voices of patients and their families. We call on senior trust executives to resource and support the development and delivery of an EoLC education strategy to improve competencies of all staff, fostering an organisational culture of person-centred EoLC throughout any acute setting.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)21-24
JournalFuture Healthcare Journal
Issue number1
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2018


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