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End of Life Care

Use this guide to find information resources about end of life care including books, reports and journal articles.

Last updated: 31/05/2024

Key Resources

RCN Learning resource: End of life care and wellbeing for the nursing and midwifery workforce
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Marie Curie (2022) Caring for LGBTQ+ people at the end of life. 
NHS (2021): End of life care.
National Palliative and End of Life Care Partnership (2021) Ambitions for palliative and end of life care: A national framework for local action 2021-2026. UK: Ambitions Partnership.
We would like to thank the RCN Pain and Palliative Care member community for their input into the development of this subject guide.


Book cover Acquaviva K D (2017) LGBTQ-Inclusive Hospice and Palliative Care: A Practical Guide to Transforming Professional Practice. La Verne: Perseus Book LLC (Ingram).
Book Cover Allen R S, Carpenter B D and Eichorst M K (2018) Perspectives on palliative and end-of-life care: disease, social and cultural context. Abingdon: Routledge.
Book cover André B and Ringdal G I (2023) Health promotion in palliative care. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. 
Book Cover Bardy S (2016) Choosing end of life nursing. Adelaide: ATF Press. 
Book cover Blackmore T and Parker G (2020) Community palliative care and COVID-19: a handbook for clinicians who care for palliative patients with COVID-19 in community settings. Class Professional Publishing: Bridgwater.
Book Cover Cooper D B and Cooper J (2018) Palliative Care within Mental Health: Ethical Practice, Taylor and Francis.
Book Cover Costello J (2019) Adult palliative care for nursing, health and social care. London: Sage Publications.
Book cover Hardy B and Flemming K (2023) Palliative and end of life nursing care. London: Learning Matters.
Book cover Lombard J (2018) Law, palliative care and dying: legal and ethical challenges. Abingdon: Routledge. 
Book Cover Mannix K (2019) With the end in mind: dying, death and wisdom in an age of denial. London: William Collins.
Book Cover Matzo M L & Sherman D W (2018) Palliative care nursing: quality care to the end of life. New York: Springer.
Book Cover Nicol J (2017) Palliative and end of life care in nursing, London: Sage.
Book Cover Shapiro S P (2019) Speaking for the dying: life-and-death decisions in intensive care. Chicago: University Of Chicago Press.

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Book Cover Journals of interest for end of life care. Use these links to see details of availability.


Royal College of Nursing (no date) Care home journey. RCN.
Social Care Institute for Excellence (2014) End of life care: achieving dignity for those with dementia, Great Britain: Social Care TV (video).

Social Care Institute for Excellence (2014) End of life and palliative care: Thinking about the words we use, Great Britain: Social Care TV (video). 



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