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After the Liverpool Care Pathway clear guidance and support on end-of-life care is needed
  1. Peter O'Halloran
  1. School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, Medical Biology Centre, Belfast, UK
  1. Correspondence to: Dr Peter O'Halloran, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Queen's University Belfast, Medical Biology Centre, 97 Lisburn Road, Belfast BT9 7BL, UK; p.ohalloran{at}qub.ac.uk

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Implications for practice and research

  • Experienced practitioners can deliver high-quality end-of-life care without the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) but junior nursing and medical staff need clear guidance and support. Evidence-based guidance on family involvement is needed to avoid future controversies.

  • Research is needed into how managers and practitioners can address the organisational, professional and cultural factors that undermined the implementation of the LCP and are likely to hinder high-quality end-of-life care in the future.

Context

For the first 10 years of this century the LCP for the dying patient (a clinical tool developed to improve care for patients in the last days and hours …

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