Help for GPs to support a good death

Categories: Care.

GPs can make a real difference to a person’s last 12 months of life. Research has shown that if a GP discusses a patient’s preferences with them, they are more likely to get high quality end of life care, have fewer emergency admissions to hospital and have a good death in the place of their choosing.

Through their ‘Find your 1%’ campaign, the National End of Life Care Programme and Dying Matters are encouraging GPs to identify those patients who may be in their last year of life and talk to them about their preferences.

The new pack contains A6 postcards with advice on:

  • identifying people at the end of life
  • having end of life care conversations
  • putting plans in place
  • managing and coordinating care.

The pack can be downloaded from The National End of Life Care Programme website, and hard copies can be ordered by emailing

As reported in the latest issues of its newsletter, The National End of Life Care Programme will be relaxing the restrictions on the number of hard copies of its publications that can be ordered free until the end of December 2012.

There is further information on the 1% campaign on the Dying Matters website.

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