Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Treating Dying People as Individuals

When people are nearing the end of life and particularly when due to physical or mental illnesses it is hard for them to articulate their own wishes forcefully, difficult questions arise as to how professionals responsible for their care should make decisions. NICE (The National Institute for Clinical Excellence) has recently issued some new guidelines calling for an individualised approach (rather than a tick box approach) to be adopted in caring for patients in this situation (as perhaps in any other situation), saying that there should be a stronger focus on individual plans for each patient and that the wishes of the patient and their family should be central to the care and the decision making process. Click on the two links immediately below to find out more:

BBC Article on NICE Guidelines for End of Life Care

Article from NICE Website on the New Guidelines

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