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A 'good death' at home: Community nurses helping to make it possible

Adamson E & Cruickshank S (2013) A 'good death' at home: Community nurses helping to make it possible, British Journal of Community Nursing, 18 (1), pp. 40-42.

The number of people dying at home rather than in a hospital is increasing, albeit slowly. This coincides with a growing emphasis across the UK to increase choice and enable individuals to both live and die well, and in the preferred setting of their choice. While most health professionals would support this approach, it is clear that providing end of life care in the community to all, irrespective of where they live, is complex. Communities face different challenges to hospital based care settings, one of these being geographical distances. This article discusses current end of life policies and how the community nurse is central to their implementation. It draws on some recent research which has identified the important steps that enable a community nurse to facilitate a good death and a particular research study which illustrated the unique role of the Community Nurse in providing end of life care in a rural setting, but also the challenges.

article; community health nursing; death; home care; human; terminal care, Community Health Nursing; Death; Home Care Services; Humans; Terminal Care

AuthorsAdamson Elizabeth, Cruickshank Susanne
Publication date01/2013
Publication date online16/08/2013
PublisherMA Healthcare Limited
ISSN 1462-4753

British Journal of Community Nursing: Volume 18, Issue 1 (2013)

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