A survey of professional staff involved in care of the dying person is being conducted by the Association for Palliative Medicine, in collaboration with the Royal College of Physicians, Royal College of General Practitioners, Royal College of Nursing, British Geriatrics Society, National Council for Palliative Care and National End of Life Care Programme.
There have been reports of professionals and families being concerned about the use of integrated care pathways in the last days to hours of life, in particular the Liverpool Care Pathway. The aim of the survey is to identify when and how professionals use such integrated care pathways, and to gain a clearer understanding of their views and experience of using integrated care pathways in this particular context.
The findings of this survey will contribute to the review recently announced by Norman Lamb, Minister of State for Care and Support. Health and social care professionals working in England should receive a link to this survey through their professional organisations, and are strongly encouraged to complete the survey. Those who have not received a link should contact their professional organisation to find out how to obtain the link to the survey.
The survey will be open until 18th January 2013 to allow sufficient time for professionals to respond.
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