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Collaboration between the specialties in provision of end-of-life care for all in the UK: reality or utopia?

Review published: 2012.

Bibliographic details: Procter E.  Collaboration between the specialties in provision of end-of-life care for all in the UK: reality or utopia? International Journal of Palliative Nursing 2012; 18(7): 339-347. [PubMed: 22885966]

Quality assessment

The author concluded that there was a lack of quality evidence on collaborative working in end-of-life care. Where a collaborative approach was used, it appeared to have positive results. The author's conclusion reflects the limited evidence presented but its reliability should be interpreted cautiously due to potential methodological concerns in the review. Full critical summary


The UK End of Life Care Strategy (EoLCS) requires specialist palliative care services to contribute to end-of-life care for all. This systematic review aims to critically appraise literature published in the UK to identify how specialist palliative care professionals can collaborate with other health professionals within four of the key National Service Framework areas: heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, neurological conditions, and dementia. Relevant literature was identified by electronic searches of various databases and websites and via secondary sources. A limited amount of quality research was found. Thematic analysis was applied and the over-riding themes were barriers to collaboration, organizational issues, and patients' and carers' views. The review concludes that when a collaborative approach to care is used, quality end-of-life care is achieved. Each disease pathway needs greater clarity regarding how it links with the EoLCS.

CRD has determined that this article meets the DARE scientific quality criteria for a systematic review.

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