End-of-life care pathways for improving outcomes in caring for the dying

Chan, Raymond J., Webster, Joan, & Bowers, Alison (2016) End-of-life care pathways for improving outcomes in caring for the dying. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews, 2016(2), pp. 1-27.

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Abstract

This is an updated version of a Cochrane review published in Issue 11, 2013 in the Cochrane Library. In many clinical areas, integrated care pathways are utilised as structured multidisciplinary care plans that detail essential steps in caring for patients with specific clinical problems. In particular, care pathways for the dying have been developed as a model to improve care of patients who are in the last days of life. The care pathways were designed with an aim of ensuring that the most appropriate management occurs at the most appropriate time, and that it is provided by the most appropriate health professional. Since the last update, there have been sustained concerns about the safety of implementing end-of-life care pathways, particularly in the United Kingdom (UK). Therefore, there is a significant need for clinicians and policy makers to be informed about the effects of end-of-life care pathways via a systematic review.

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ID Code: 93026
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Additional Information: Cochrane Library reviews and protocols are free 12 months after publication
DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD008006.pub4
ISSN: 1469-493X
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES (110000) > NURSING (111000) > Nursing not elsewhere classified (111099)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Current > Schools > School of Nursing
Copyright Owner: 2016 The Cochrane Collaboration
Deposited On: 18 Feb 2016 01:16
Last Modified: 12 Jul 2016 23:02

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