When a patient’s disease is progressing or cannot be cured, it can be challenging and emotionally difficult for health professionals.
Developing skills in recognising end-of-life and confidence in the care management of patients and their families can reduce this uncertainty. Knowing that others can be experiencing similar things can be powerful. The following quotes have been reproduced from the National Consensus Statement: essential elements for safe and high-quality end-of-life care with permission from the Australian Commission on Safety and Quality in Health Care, (2015), ACSQHC, Sydney.
It takes a lot of skill sometimes to recognise when somebody is dying.
Intensive care liaison nurse
I found as a junior doctor doing my physician training, learning to cope with the deaths of 17 and 18-year-olds on the oncology ward, I couldn’t look to anyone in medicine, if tears came to your eyes you were not supposed to show anyone.
General medicine physician
Last updated 26 April 2016