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A 'good death' at home: community nurses helping to make it possible

Adamson, Elizabeth; Cruickshank, Susanne


Susanne Cruickshank


The number of people dying at home rather than in a hospital is increasing, albeit slowly. This coincides with a growing emphasis across the UK to increase choice and enable individuals to both live and die well, and in the preferred setting of their choice. While most health professionals would support this approach, it is clear that providing end of life care in the community to all, irrespective of where they live, is complex. Communities face different challenges to hospital based care settings, one of these being geographical distances. This article discusses current end of life policies and how the community nurse is central to their implementation. It draws on some recent research which has identified the important steps that enable a community nurse to facilitate a good death and a particular research study which illustrated the unique role of the Community Nurse in providing end of life care in a rural setting, but also the challenges


Adamson, E., & Cruickshank, S. (2013). A 'good death' at home: community nurses helping to make it possible. British Journal of Community Nursing, 18, 40-42

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Jan 9, 2013
Deposit Date Mar 4, 2013
Print ISSN 1462-4753
Publisher Mark Allen Healthcare
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 18
Pages 40-42
Keywords End of life policy; community nursing; "good death";
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