Care at the end of life: how policy and the law support practice

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Brown, Michelle and Vaughan, Carol 2013. Care at the end of life: how policy and the law support practice. British Journal of Nursing.
AuthorsBrown, Michelle and Vaughan, Carol
Abstract

The End of Life Care Strategy was introduced in an attempt to achieve a high standard of care for patients nearing the end of life and to improve carer experience. This high standard should not depend on socioeconomic status, geographical location or diagnosis. It was to ensure that individuals felt supported, informed and empowered, and that symptoms and issues were managed by experienced staff who employ evidenced-based practice. In addition, the service provision should involve a multidisciplinary team and have the patient at the centre of all decision-making. This would be facilitated by endorsing the use of end-of-life care pathways. These recommendations are further supported by frameworks and policies, for example the Preferred Priorities for Care Gold Standards Framework in Primary Care. Health professionals must also be cognisant of the legal frameworks that protect patients and facilitate their rights to exert their autonomy, for example the Mental Capacity Act and advanced directives. The issues surrounding care at the end of life with respect to legal frameworks alongside ethical and moral dilemmas will be further explored within this discussion paper.

The End of Life Care Strategy was introduced in an attempt to achieve
a high standard of care for patients nearing the end of life and to
improve carer experience. This high standard should not depend on
socioeconomic status, geographical location or diagnosis. It was to
ensure that individuals felt supported, informed and empowered, and
that symptoms and issues were managed by experienced staff who
employ evidenced-based practice. In addition, the service provision
should involve a multidisciplinary team and have the patient at the
centre of all decision-making. This would be facilitated by endorsing
the use of end-of-life care pathways. These recommendations are
further supported by frameworks and policies, for example the
Preferred Priorities for Care Gold Standards Framework in Primary
Care. Health professionals must also be cognisant of the legal
frameworks that protect patients and facilitate their rights to exert
their autonomy, for example the Mental Capacity Act and advanced
directives. The issues surrounding care at the end of life with respect
to legal frameworks alongside ethical and moral dilemmas will be
further explored within this discussion paper.

KeywordsEnd of life care; Policy; Quality of care; Legal concepts
Year2013
JournalBritish Journal of Nursing
PublisherMark Allen Healthcare
Web address (URL)http://hdl.handle.net/10545/346457
hdl:10545/346457
Publication dates16 Aug 2013
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ContributorsUniversity of Derby
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