Recognising when a patient may be approaching the final stages of their life and deciding who would be eligible to be placed on a palliative care register is not easy.
However, recognising that a patient is no longer responding to life-prolonging and / or disease modifying drugs and communicating this effectively and sensitively, is essential if that patient is to be empowered to become actively engaged in making decisions about the next steps they want to take.
This section contains materials that may help you to recognise where a patient is on their illness journey and provide you with information about some of the issues that may need to be considered.
- North West end of life care model
- Key Features of common end of life diseases
- Fitness to drive
- Advanced decision to refuse treatment