Dying in hospital

As well as being considered the least preferred and most costly place to die, hospitals are widely considered to provide poor end of life care for dying patients, especially those who have dementia.

These issues are considered further in the RLO ‘Every death is different’. This uses data from a recent study of end of life care on acute hospital wards, and compares the experience of patients who had dementia with those who did not.

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Think about the challenges of providing palliative care on acute hospital wards for patients dying with dementia. How do you think these difficulties would affect: Patients, carers and staff?


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