You Will Learn
- How to recognise end of life in patients with non-malignant disease, and feel confident in approaching end of life care decisions with these patients
- The palliative care approach to managing common end of life symptoms in heart failure, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), renal failure, Parkinson’s disease, motor neurone disease, multiple sclerosis, and dementia
- The palliative care approach to managing common psychiatric disorders in patients with non-malignant disease
- The role of the GP and primary care in managing patients with non-malignant disease and palliative care needs, including when to involve palliative care specialists, and the role of individualised care plans
Patients with end-stage non-malignant disease may not receive the same level of palliative care compared with patients with cancer, even though they often experience similar distressing symptoms. Palliative care should be based on need rather than diagnosis; this module provides evidence based, practical tips to help improve the practice of GPs in providing palliative care to patients with non-malignant disease.