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3 09 End-of-Life Care


  • An essential role of a GP is to help patients die with dignity, providing individualised care and minimising distress
  • Many terminally ill patients prefer the option of a death at home
  • Most patients die of non-cancer/co-morbidity in old age
  • GPs must  be able to identify patients in the last year(s) of life and their carers
  • GPs must be able to assess patients holistically and compassionately and agree personalised plans for their future care
  • Team working, interagency working and communication are fundamental to good end-of-life care

Knowledge and skills guide

This section contains the learning outcomes for the 'End-of-Life Care' curriculum module.

These are grouped into 12 core areas of competence concerned with the tasks you will undertake as a general practitioner when delivering care to people in your community.

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Case discussion

This section contains a scenario and questions for reflection which help to illustrate the learning points in this module.

Mr Singh is 82 years old and the head of a large Sikh family. He had a haemorrhagic stroke two months ago which left him with a reduced consciousness level and unable to communicate in any meaningful way. He did, however, retain the ability to swallow soft food. He is cared for at home by his daughters and granddaughters.

During the last week his consciousness level has declined a little more and he is now having difficulty swallowing....      

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How to learn this area of practice

This section includes suggested activities and strategies for developing the competences you will require.     

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Useful learning resources

This section provides suggestions for further reading and other resources to help you in your training, including books, journal articles and web resources.      

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