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Practitioners must be confident when discussing the non-financial aspects of end-of-life planning with clients, particularly when they want to avert the Liverpool Care Pathway, says Carol McBride

18 April 2013

Few people will have missed the recent controversy centring on the Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP). The palliative care protocol developed by the Marie Curie Palliative Care Institute aimed to ensure that hospitals used a similar framework to that of the hospice movement. It was designed to meet the needs of people who are dying and provide appropriate support for their relatives and carers.

However, with press headlines such as '"I had no idea my wife was on the Liverpool Care Pathway"' (Daily Mail) and 'Doctors put my mother on 'death pathway' without telling me' (The Telegraph) it seems many families do not understanding the programme and fear they have 'signed their loved ones' lives away&...

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