The good death

Our current ideas about the nature of ‘the good death’ are shaped by the ideals of palliative care developing from the hospice movement which originated in the UK in the 1960s.

Research and government reports have highlighted concerns about the quality of end of life care in hospitals. There is very little evidence about the care of patients with dementia who die in hospital. However, such patients are reported to have longer admissions and a higher risk of mortality compared to patients without dementia.

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Take a few moments to think about any deaths you have observed or experienced, at work or in your personal life. Make a note of the factors which enable someone to have a good death.


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