New report makes recommendations for improving end of life care

“This work is by the Dementia Intelligence Network (DIN) and the National End of Life Care Intelligence Network (NEOLCIN). The resources analyse data relating to people who have died with dementia in 2012-14. The following questions are addressed:

  • are there changes in dementia deaths over time?
  • who are the people who die with dementia?
  • where do people with dementia die?
  • what do people with dementia die of?”

National Dementia Intelligence Network and National End of Life Care Intelligence Network. (2016). Dying with dementia. Retrieved from


End-of-life care and physician-assisted dying

The British Medical Association (BMA) have published (Jan 2016) part of the  results of a project on end-of-life care. It will comprise 3 volumes once fully completed, and it is hoped will help to better inform the debate.

Volume 1 (“Setting the Scene”) provides an excellent overview of the issues and the debate. It contains a literature review bringing together information from government & professional bodies as well as research from the journal literature.

Chapter 1 includes statistics and research evidence  on current provision of end-of-life care in the UK, as well as attitudes of public and health professionals.

Chapter 2 looks at some of the practical issues, for example the Mental Capacity Act.

Chapter 3 of this volume, will be of interest as it concerns the questions of assisted dying in the UK.

Chapter 4 looks at the international debate on assisted dying.


End of life care guidance from NICE

You may have seen this on the news today.  Below is the link (and reference) to the new end of life care guidance from NICE.  If you would like to read more about the development of the new guidelines visit the NICE news site.

National Institute for Health and Care Excellence. (2015). Care of dying adults in the last days of life. Retrieved from



End of Life Care – NIHR Themed Review

The National Institute of Health Research (NIHR) Dissemination Centre has just published a review of NIHR research on end of life care: Better Endings – Right Care, Right Place, Right Time.

It brings together evidence from the NIHR, focusing largely on the quality and organisation of care. The review aims to help those delivering, planning or using end of life services to ensure that the right care is delivered in the right place at the right time.