Conversations About the End of Life (The National Council for Palliative Care, National End of Life Care Programme / BBC News / RCP)

[A version of this item appears in: Dementia: the Latest Evidence Newsletter (RWHT), Volume 2 Issue 2, September 2011].


This guidance is provided to help anyone – whether unpaid or professional – caring for someone with dementia to open up conversations about end of life wishes and preferences. The aim is to enhance quality of life. This document is based on conversations with about fifty people affected by dementia, including people with dementia, their carers and former carers.

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Black, J. (2011). Difficult conversations: making it easier to talk to people with dementia about the end of life. London: National Council for Palliative Care (NCPC), 2011. (National End of Life Care Programme).

October 2018 Update

A Royal College of Physicians report:

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Doctors ‘need to start early conversation with patients about dying’. London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2018.

This relates to:

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Talking about dying: how to begin honest conversations about what lies ahead. London: Royal College of Physicians (RCP), October 2018.

The bibliography to this report is provided separately.

Further BBC News coverage:

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Gillett, F. (2018). How do you talk about dying to someone who is dying? London: BBC Health News, October 19th 2018.

About Dementia and Elderly Care News

Dementia and Elderly Care News. Wolverhampton Medical Institute: WMI. (jh)
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