Difficult Conversations for healthcare


End of life conversations

 ‘Difficult Conversations in Dementia: A Ten Step Toolkit for Clinicians Involved in End of Life Discussions’ has been launched specifically for those dealing with dementia patients and their families. The book has been written to increase the skills and confidence of healthcare professionals involved in this area. Honed and critiqued by three GPs, the handbook provides practical and realistic advice to provide an indispensable tool for healthcare professionals.

With cases of dementia increasing year on year all around the world, the need for healthcare professionals to engage in difficult conversations is increasing. From diagnosis to end-of-life planning, including writing a will and power of attorney, difficult conversations on a range of topics are required for each and every dementia patient. However, alongside the rise in case numbers another worrying trend has been revealed – those tasked with carrying out these difficult conversations are either having them too late or even putting them off entirely.

The publication of this pragmatic handbook coincides with considerations for new guidelines for local authorities and health trusts to give people diagnosed with dementia an opportunity to discuss options for care at the end of their life as early as possible, while they still have the capacity. It follows research and warnings that up to 100,000 dementia patients each year are denied the chance of dying at home, surrounded by loved ones because difficult conversations about determining their preferences for end of life care never took place.

If you think that this handbook would be a valuable tool for your colleagues and you would like to order copies, would like to find out more about our ongoing work in this area or would like to get involved in other ways, please do not hesitate to be in touch.

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