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Anticipatory prescribing: how to use it to improve care of patients at the end of life

Access to ‘just in case’ medications is fundamental to compassionate palliative care

Ensuring nurses have access to ‘just in case’ medications is fundamental to compassionate palliative care

  • Nurses’ effective management of pain and other symptoms when a patient is dying requires timely decision-making and communication
  • Research suggests there is wide variation in how anticipatory prescribing is applied in community nursing practice
  • Find out how to boost your confidence in administering controlled drugs, broach distressing subjects and ask for support when you need it

It is the privilege of nurses to be present at the beginning and the end of life, says RCN professional lead for community and end of life care Carolyn Doyle.

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