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What constitutes good end of life care, and what is the role of general practice?
Episode 1124th April 2023 • BJGP Interviews • The British Journal of General Practice
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In this episode, we talk to Professor Lucy Ziegler, Professor of Palliative Care and head of the St Gemma’s Academic Unit of Palliative Care at the University of Leeds.

Title of paper: What characterises good home-based end-of-life care: Analysis of 5-year data from a nationwide mortality follow-back survey in England

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Determinants of high quality care for patients living at home during their last three months of life are not well understood. We analysed 5-year data from a large, nationally representative bereavement survey collecting information on experiences and quality of end-of-life care for adults with advanced disease, in England. The importance of good continuity of care from general practitioners on positive outcomes is identified as a potentially modifiable factor. Inequity in access to good end-of-life care is highlighted, with patients from lower socio-economic and minority ethnic groups less likely to receive good end-of-life care.