Intended for healthcare professionals

Rapid response to:


Palliative care from diagnosis to death

BMJ 2017; 356 doi: (Published 27 February 2017) Cite this as: BMJ 2017;356:j878

Rapid Response:

Early palliative care videos now available in Spanish, Italian, French, Portuguese and Dutch

The 4 minute video we produced earlier this year summarising our BMJ analysis “Palliative care from diagnosis” has had thousands of views on Youtube and Facebook.. Working with national leaders we are now producing versions of this innovative video to help doctors, nurses and other professionals trigger the integration of palliative care in patients early in the patient’s illness trajectory. We encourage readers to use these new Spanish, Dutch, Italian and Portuguese versions which we have posted on our website.

To help readers use these videos for teaching and training purposes we have produced a guide to help the use of the video in group discussions. It is available at the above link. This may be useful for health-care teams considering when to start advance /anticipatory care planning and a palliative care approach, and also in undergraduate and postgraduate medical and nursing teaching. This guide although in English is very relevant to all the versions of the video, and may be translated.

“How to live and die well”. We have also now made this video based on the same BMJ analysis. It is for viewing by the general public and individual patients and their carers. It is available on together with a guide to support individuals watching it, and on with a guide to support group viewing.

Let’s get palliative care integrated into the care of people with all conditions in all countries! Let’s help the general public understand how to live and die as well as possible,

Members of the European Association of Palliative Care Primary Care Reference Group

Competing interests: No competing interests

21 December 2017
Scott A Murray
St. Columba's Hospice Chair of Primary Palliative Care
Sebastien Moine, Kirsty Bpyd, Jordi Amblas
University of Edinburgh
Usher Institute of Population Health Sciences & Informatics, University of Edinburgh