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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 Realist review of palliative and end of life care programmes in primary care and community settings: underpinning mechanisms, programme theories, and differential outcomes across patients groups, contexts, and stages in the patient journey      

Mila Petrova, Stephen Barclay, Ian Wellwood, Isla Kuhn, Geoff Wong

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)


Additional funding

For a systematic review of the circumstances that lead out-of-hours clinicians to arrange hospital admissions for end-of-life patients.

Funding from RCGP/ Marie Curie