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[Editorial] Care of the dying adult: a time for hope

On Dec 16, 2015, the UK’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) published its first guideline in response to the Neuberger review of the controversial Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP), and the Department of Health’s follow-up report, One Chance to Get it Right. The LCP, an algorithm for the physical, psychological, social, and spiritual care of people who were dying, had been widely criticised by the UK media and some patients’ families for poor implementation, with particular concerns around recognition of when people were dying, and inappropriate use of sedation and hydration.

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