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If nurses won’t raise the subject of death with a patient, who will?

Why it’s important to have an honest conversation about an individual’s end of life care
Couple talk to a nurse

Why it’s important to have an honest conversation about an individual’s end of life care

  • Healthcare professionals are often reluctant to broach the subject of dying with patients
  • ‘Perpetual cycle of non-discussion’ compromises the support offered to the individual and their loved ones
  • The pressure to achieve a peaceful death at home can make families and clinicians feel they have failed

Molly Bartlett thought long and hard before she made the decision not to pursue aggressive treatment for cancerous tumours on her kidney and adrenal gland.

Having been diagnosed with renal carcinoma 15 years earlier, and having undergone a successful nephrectomy at that point, she was not convinced that the (non-curative) treatment she was being offered this time was the right


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