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End-of-life care in psychiatry: ‘one chance to get it right’

  • Nuwan Galappathie (a1) and Sobia Tamim Khan (a1)
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End-of-life care has been given increasing importance within healthcare settings. In June 2014, the Leadership Alliance for the Care of Dying People published One Chance to Get it Right. This nationally accepted guidance replaces previous end-of-life care pathways such as the Liverpool Care Pathway and outlines how dying patients should be managed irrespective of setting. Increasingly, patients with mental health problems are entering their final days of life within psychiatric in-patient or acute hospital settings, and psychiatrists need to be aware of the new guidance and ready to implement it within psychiatric practice.

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This is an open-access article published by the Royal College of Psychiatrists and distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0), which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original work is properly cited.
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Correspondence to Nuwan Galappathie (ngalappathie@standrew.co.uk)
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End-of-life care in psychiatry: ‘one chance to get it right’

  • Nuwan Galappathie (a1) and Sobia Tamim Khan (a1)
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