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Letters Liverpool care pathway

Liverpool care pathway is a nice idea—pity about the practice

BMJ 2013; 346 doi: (Published 28 March 2013) Cite this as: BMJ 2013;346:f1837
  1. Eugene Breen, psychiatrist1
  1. 1Mater Misericordiae University Hospital, Dublin, Republic of Ireland
  1. breen.eugene{at}

The idea of optimal palliation during the final days of life makes good medical sense and should be the end of a continuum of best practice.1 The idea of making someone comfortable and easing suffering sounds good. Relatives like to think their loved ones are at peace.

This is the plan, but who will diagnose “dying” and what internationally accepted criteria will be …

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