publication . Article . 2014

An evaluation of routine specialist palliative care for patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway

Jo Thompson; Jayne Brown; Andrew Davies;
Open Access English
  • Published: 18 Feb 2014
  • Country: United Kingdom
Abstract
Introduction: This report describes a service evaluation of the 'added value' of routine specialist palliative care team (SPCT) involvement with patients on the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP). Methods: In the authors' hospital, patients that are commenced on the LCP are routinely referred to the SPCT. They are reviewed on the day of referral and then at least every other day, depending on the clinical situation. The data for this report was obtained by reviewing the SPCT's clinical database and the patients' LCP proformas. Results: The SPCT intervened in the care of 80% of 158 newly referred patients, e.g. for alteration of continuous subcuta...
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