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The “average” GP practice in England has 54 deaths per year, leaving 260 people affected by bereavement. Bereavement is an important cause of mortality and morbidity especially among older people and those who are socially isolated, influencing both physical and mental health, and the ability to function at work. Around 10% of bereaved people develop complicated grief following the loss of a loved one, which requires specific targeted treatment for which there is currently little guidance.

Planned Reviews

2.1 What are the interventions and policies shown to reduce complicated grief in bereaved patients in Primary Care? - (Realist review)

2.2. What are the initiatives that have been employed to improve end of life care in Primary Care? - (Realist review)

Workstream leads

Geoffrey Wong (Oxford) , Ian Wellwood (Cambridge), Stephen I G Barclay (Cambridge)