Social work and end-of-life care

Social work is important in end-of-life care

Discussing end-of-life in accident and emergency units

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An interesting American article looks at the problems of discussing approaching death in ’emergency rooms’ (what we would call accident and emergency units). People arrive and A&E expecting a heroic cure: and often they haven’t taken in what they have been told earlier about the prognosis for a condition that they know they have. But A&E settings are often not the best place for a complex discussion, and the doctors or other staff there may not have the communication skills or the responsibility for relaying a prognosis about one condition, when they are dealing with an emergency.

Link to the article on discussing death in accident and emergency units.

We should be thinking about appropriate training on these issues in A&E and also appropriate liaison and referral with the mamin treating teams.


Written by Malcolm Payne

14 January 2013 at 11:54 am

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