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Palliative care in the emergency department

Palliative care is a much-needed purpose of the emergency department, in addition to its role in treating acute conditions. In this research, we aim to raise awareness of the experience of patients, famililes and carers so that they get they help they need.

About the project

Time frame: 2016 - 2017: Completed
Contact for more details: Professor Miriam Johnson (miriam.johnson@hyms.ac.uk) and Dr Ann Hutchinson (ann.hutchinson@hyms.ac.uk)

The aim of this prjoect is to to raise awareness of the experience of palliative care patients and their families and carers attending the emergency department, together with the insights of clinicians caring for them.

We found that people with long-term conditions and troublesome symptoms need to go to the ED, however there are many difficulties involved. Palliative care (the management of life-limiting conditions and the symptoms that arise) is a much-needed purpose of the emergency department in addition to its role in treating acute conditions. This should be recognised by emergency department staff who need to be supported and given appropriate training so that these patients get the help they need.