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GPs avoided LCP before media storm


I agree. I had a patient dying at home in end stage renal failure. One of the palliative care nurses asked if we should put him on the Liverpool Care Pathway. I can't really explain why but it just felt wrong. From conversations I' d had with him about dying I knew my patient would hate to have it suggested he be put on any kind of pathway. I said " Let's look after him as well as we can, and make his last days as comfortable and supported as possible, " and we did, and he had a good death. Do you need a pathway to provide humane end of life care? I understand its meant to ensure everything is done that shoud be done, but I am not sure structured pathways are the best way.

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07 Aug 2013

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