Rapidly increasing end-of-life care needs: a timely warning

Mitchell, Geoffrey (2017) Rapidly increasing end-of-life care needs: a timely warning. BMC Medicine, 15 1: . doi:10.1186/s12916-017-0897-2


Author Mitchell, Geoffrey
Title Rapidly increasing end-of-life care needs: a timely warning
Journal name BMC Medicine   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1741-7015
Publication date 2017-07-10
Year available 2017
Sub-type Editorial
DOI 10.1186/s12916-017-0897-2
Open Access Status DOI
Volume 15
Issue 1
Total pages 2
Place of publication London, United Kingdom
Publisher BioMed Central
Language eng
Abstract Current trends in population ageing show that, in the near future, while more people will live longer, more will also die at any one time. Health systems, as well as individual practitioners, are only just becoming aware of the extent of this problem. Health systems will have to rapidly change practice to manage the number of people dying in the coming years, many with complex multimorbid conditions. The changes involved should include a personal recognition by all health professionals of their role in caring for the dying, and healthcare education must include end-of-life care management as part of the core curriculum. Further, health systems must improve integration between primary care and specialist clinicians to ensure the burden is shared efficiently across the system. Finally, it should be recognised that end-of-life care is not terminal care, but should be anticipated months or sometimes years ahead through advance care planning for known future complications by the patient’s clinical team, as well as by patients and their main carers, to manage crises as they ariserather than react to them once they arise.
Keyword End-of-life care
Primary care
Healthcare planning
Healthcare integration
Q-Index Code CX
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Institutional Status UQ

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