Letters Scrapping of Liverpool care pathway

What’s in a name? From pathways to plans in end of life care

BMJ 2013; 347 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.f4957 (Published 14 August 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;347:f4957
  1. Erica Borgstrom, researcher1
  1. 1Institute of Public Health, University of Cambridge, Cambridge CB2 0SR, UK
  1. eb442{at}medschl.cam.ac.uk

It is not surprising that the independent reviewers of the Liverpool care pathway suggested removing the term “pathway” from discussions about end of life care.1 2 Language influences the way people perceive the world and shapes the way we live.3 The term pathway metaphorically appeals to an irreversible journey of decline. Yet, as the Liverpool care pathway recognises, death is not …

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