Letters Liverpool care pathway

Change the culture around death and dying in acute hospitals

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f1828 (Published 26 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1828
  1. J Gibbins, consultant in palliative medicine1,
  2. K Forbes, consultant in palliative medicine2,
  3. R McCoubrie, consultant in palliative medicine2,
  4. C Reid, consultant in palliative medicine2
  1. 1Cornwall Hospice Care, St Julia’s Hospice, Hayle TR27 4JA, UK
  2. 2University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust, Bristol BS2 8ED, UK
  1. janegibbins{at}hotmail.com

Chinthapalli’s report broadens the debate on the Liverpool care pathway (LCP).1 Recent negative press coverage has affected end of life care: at University Hospitals Bristol NHS Trust our end of life tool (not LCP) was used in only 37% of patients dying in December 2012 compared with 67% in December 2011.

The principles of the LCP are essential to improving …

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