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There is a growing number of people who need access to high-quality endof life care in the home setting. This requires timely assessments of needs, ensuring good symptom management and recognising the roles undertaken by carers. For some patients, a range of medications may need to be put in place to relieve end-of-life symptoms, using ‘anticipatory prescribing’. District nurses must ensure that they acknowledge the patient’s voiced preferences and be mindful of the safety issues that arise with the supply of controlled drugs in the home. This article highlights the challenges faced by district nurses providing or dealing with anticipatory prescribing during end-of-life care.

More information Original publication

DOI

10.12968/bjcn.2019.24.6.274

Type

Journal article

Journal

Palliative Care

Issue

6

Publisher

British Journal of Community Nursing

Publication Date

01/06/2019

Volume

24

Addresses

Studentship: Ben Bowers

Keywords

Anticipatory prescribing, End-of-life care, Dying at home, End-of-life, symptom management, District nursing