Recognising dying is the first step in terminal care management. The terminal phase may be hours or days. It is important to plan for symptoms and changing circumstances. Anticipatory prescribing can prevent crises and unplanned admission to hospital supporting home death.
The needs of families during the dying process and after death should be clarified and discussed.
Listen to RACGP's Podcast about Recognising Dying
Download CareSearch's Checklist for a Home Death (237kb pdf)
Read The Conversation's Why GPs and patients need to talk more openly about death
Last updated 24 August 2021