Palliative & end of life care

Talking about dying: better conversations at the end of life

Sarah Chapman reflects on the text conversations she had with her Mum’s carer when her Mum was dying during lockdown. She also talks about recent evidence on effective communication between health professionals, those who are dying and their families and about our need for knowledge of ordinary dying.

Tube feeding for people with severe dementia: making decisions

Charlotte Squires, a trainee doctor in older adult care, reflects on issues with eating for people with severe dementia and options for supporting them, including the latest evidence on tube feeding. Sarah Chapman and friend Sue share experience from supporting their mums with dementia.

Living and dying well after stroke

Scott Murray and Marilyn Kendall talk about evidence from in-depth interviews, which could guide provision of person-centred care after major stroke and support people in living and dying well.

Unthinkable thoughts and evidence

How would you not wish to die? Richard Lehman reflects on a discussion about advance decisions, evidence-based medicine and kindness.

Hospital at Home Increases the Chances of Dying at Home

It’s Dying Matters Awareness Week, an opportunity to place the importance of talking about dying, death and bereavement on the national agenda and to share Cochrane evidenceCochrane Reviews are systematic reviews. In systematic reviews we search for and summarize studies that answer a specific research question (e.g. is paracetamol effective and safe for treating back pain?). […]