Recognition of dying:
Recognition of dying patients can be difficult to identify by healthcare staff. When staff are unware that a patient is dying, provision of palliative care for the patient and end-of-life conversations with the family may be delayed. Although there are guidelines available related to recognition of dying and referral to specialist palliative care services, it is unclear whether these guidelines are sufficiently implemented and used to support staff in the timely recognition of dying.
This project therefore seeks to identify whether gaps exist in the implementation of such guidelines, whether palliative care referrals could be made earlier in the care process and whether staff needs to be further supported in the recognition of dying.
Initial project advisory group meeting was held on in March, and initial scan of relevant literature was undertaken. Project protocol is currently under development.