Care of people dying with malignant and cardiorespiratory disease in general practice

McKinley, Robert, Stokes, Tim, Exley, Catherine and Field, David (2004) Care of people dying with malignant and cardiorespiratory disease in general practice. British Journal of General Practice, 54 (509). pp. 909-913. ISSN 0960-1643

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Abstract

Background:
Provision of palliative care for people dying with malignant disease is a well-characterised aspect of general practice workload. The nature of end-of-life care of people with non-malignant disease is less well described.

Aim:
To compare the general practice care provided in the last year of life to people who died with malignant and with cardiorespiratory disease.

Design:
Case record review.

Setting:
Two Leicestershire general practices: one inner-city, one semi-rural; total practice population 26,000 people.

Method:
General practice review of the records of all people registered with the practices who died with malignant or cardiorespiratory disease between 1 August 2000 and 31 July 2002 to determine: cause and place of death, recorded comorbidity, palliative medication prescribed, number of consultations and continuity of care, receipt and duration of palliative care.

Results:
When compared with people who died with cardiorespiratory disease, those who died with malignant disease were more likely to have had a terminal phase of their illness identified and to have been prescribed more palliative drugs. Both groups consulted a similar number of times, experienced similar continuity of care, had similar comorbidity, and were equally likely to die at home.

Conclusion:
People who died with cardiorespiratory disease were less likely to be in receipt of formally identified terminal care and were likely to have had fewer drugs prescribed for palliation than people with malignant disease, yet they make similar demands of practices. They are likely to have unmet needs with respect to palliation of symptoms.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: cancer, cardiovascular disease, general practice, respiratory disease, terminal care
Subjects: B900 Others in Subjects allied to Medicine
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > School of Health, Community and Education Studies > Healthcare
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 16 Feb 2017 15:57
Last Modified: 16 Feb 2017 15:57
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/29786

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