The Talking about dying report seeks to offer advice and support for any doctor on holding conversations with patients much earlier after the diagnosis of a progressive or terminal condition, including frailty.
During our research, we identified that the timely, honest conversations about their future that patients want are not happening. Yet, these proactive discussions are fundamental to effective clinical management plans, part of being a medical professional and align with the aspirations of the RCP’s Future Hospital Commission report.
The Talking about dying report begins to highlight and challenge professional reluctance to engage in conversations with patients about uncertainty, treatment ceilings, resuscitation status and death. We offer some ‘mythbusters’ to get physicians thinking and we offer signposts to tools and educational resources to support physicians and other healthcare professionals.
Getting care right at the end of life is a fundamental and important part of our work as physicians, a key component of the RCP's Our Future Health campaign and a skill set that will be increasingly relevant in our ageing population.
A stakeholder round table was attended by:
The discussions from this round table were continued with attendees after the event, and supported by further communications with: