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Journal of Community Nursing (JCN) | December 2014

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An overview of end-of-life care in the community setting

An overview of end-of-life care in the community setting
End of Life

Pages: 36 - 43

Article topics: End-of-life care, Multidisciplinary working, Pain

End of life can be a frightening and uncertain time for patients and families and the role of the community nurse can be vital in easing this phase of life. This article outlines some of the issues that community nurses should be aware of when caring for a patient who is dying at home. It identifies the signs which signify that death is approaching, and explains the need for a change in care emphasis at this point. The author also outlines some key management aspects that can improve the quality of a patient’s death, including communication, care coordination, symptom and pain control, and support for nurses and carers.