Letters Death can be our friend

Anticipatory palliative care allows people to die with dignity

BMJ 2012; 344 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e432 (Published 17 January 2012) Cite this as: BMJ 2012;344:e432
  1. Christopher North, general practitioner1
  1. 1Hill Brow Surgery, Barnsley S70 1QG, UK
  1. chris{at}norths.fsworld.co.uk

I recently chaired a working group that aimed to identify ways to reduce inappropriate acute hospital admissions in the last days of life and improve the quality of end of life care, allowing people to die with dignity.1

By applying simple protocols to the population of local residential care homes and nursing homes cared for by two …

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