Less than half of patients capable of a discussion about their palliative care are unaware they are dying because healthcare staff fail to communicated properly with them, a study has found.
The National Care of the Dying Audit for Hospitals also found:
- Only 17% of patients were informed they were being assessed to see if they needed extra artificial hydration or nutrition.
- One in five were asked about their spiritual needs.
- Almost a quarter (24%) said they did not feel involved in discussions about their dying relatives' care or treatment.
- A further 37% felt there was a poor level of emotional support given to them by the healthcare team.
- And a quarter said they did not feel adequately supported during the last two days of their loved ones' life.
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