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Palliative care
More investment in end-of-life care training of healthcare professionals is required to enhance care, evidence and outcomes
  1. Andrew J E Harding1,
  2. Silvia Gonella2
  1. 1 Division of Health Research, Lancaster University, Lancaster, UK
  2. 2 Department of Clinical and Biological Sciences, University of Torino, Turin, Italy
  1. Correspondence to Dr Andrew J E Harding, Lancaster University, Lancaster LA1 4YW, UK; a.harding5{at}

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Commentary on: Takemura N, Fong DYT, Lin CC. Evaluating end-of-life care capacity building training for home care nurses. Nurse Educ Today. 2022 Oct;117:105478. doi: 10.1016/j.nedt.2022.105478. Epub 2022 Jul 11.

Implications for practice and research

  • Training courses shows promise for improving professional practice for nurses who care for people dying at home.

  • Future studies should evaluate the effectiveness of educational interventions on patient, family carer and healthcare system-related distal outcomes.


A stated preference to die at home is an emerging trend in many national contexts.1 However, this is a difficult issue, which is reliant on many factors, such as the suitability of the home environment and the caring and emotional burden placed on family carers who are often overwhelmed.2 Access to health professionals and a well-organised and collaborative network of services …

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  • Provenance and peer review Commissioned; internally peer reviewed.