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Palliative and end of life care

A CPD article improved Anne O’Reilly’s knowledge of palliative and end of life care for people with dementia.
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A CPD article improved Anne O’Reilly’s knowledge of palliative and end of life care for people with dementia.

What was the nature of the CPD activity, practice-related feedback and/or event and/or experience in your practice?

The CPD article discussed the difference between palliative care and end of life care. It explored the provision of dementia care in care homes and how to optimise palliative and end of life care.

What did you learn from the CPD activity and/or feedback and/or event or experience in your practice?

I have learned that everyone deserves a ‘good death’, which can mean different things to different people. For patients, a ‘good death’ may include providing effective pain management; ensuring privacy and dignity; dying in their preferred place of care; and having family and friends with them.

The article stated that palliative care should be commenced in

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