New report finds half of dying Britons are not dying well

DyingManU.K. | Compassion in Dying – 1 August 2013 – A new report finds almost half of those who have lost someone close to them through a short or long illness, feel their loved one died badly (45%).1 In cases where the dying person had recorded their end of life wishes, relatives and friends are more likely to report they had a good death (58%). Alongside recording end of life wishes (19%), better communication between the doctor and their loved one (39%), coordination of care (33%) and being able to die in a place of their choice (31%) were also identified as key aspects which could have improved the situation for the person who died in a bad way. With the recent decision to replace The Liverpool Care Pathway with personalised care plans…more

1. Divided in Dying, Compassion in Dying, August 2013. http://www.compassionindying.org.uk/sites/default/files/2013-08-01%20-%20Divided%20in%20Dying%20-%20Final.pdf

An article from Media Watch, compiled and annotated by Barry R. Ashpole (Ontario, Canada). More reports can be found at IPCRC.NET