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10 Questions to ask if you are scrutinising end of life care for adults
This guide has been produced with The National Council for Palliative Care. This guide is designed to help OSCs develop a range of high-level questions around end of life care
End of life care helps all those with advanced, progressive, incurable illness to live as well as possible until they die. It enables the supportive and palliative care needs of both patient and family to be identified and met throughout the last phase of life and into bereavement. It includes management of pain and other symptoms and provision of psychological, social, spiritual and practical support.
The ten questions guide has been produced in partnership with the National Council for Palliative Care which is the charitable umbrella organisation for those who are involved in all aspects of end of life care services, to support Overview and Scrutiny Committees undertake a review of these services in their area if they so wish.
The questions explore the areas of need, strategy, process, resources, co-ordination, training, monitoring, support for carers, and choice, in a multi-disciplinary context.