Communication in Palliative Care


Oxford Medicine has curated a selection of articles to convey the importance of communication in effective palliative medicine, and to encourage an open dialogue on the subject of death and dying. 

Palliative care is now a cemented service offered by health care services globally, and in the United Kingdom the hospice care sector provides support to 200,000 people each year. The care given to the terminally ill, as well as their family and friends, is vital in supporting individuals through what is one of the most challenging times of their lives. This care ranges from clinical medical practice to spiritual support, and aims to put individuals in as much comfort as is possible.




Communication in palliative care reading list

By Rebecca Parker 


To convey the importance of communication in effective palliative care, and encourage an open  dialogue on the subject of death and dying, we have collated a reading list on these topics.


Advance care planning: an illusion of choice?

 By Anjali Mullick 


Should we be making wishes and plans for a time when illness may render us unable to make  decisions about our care? Dr Anjali Mullick of St Peter's Hospice discusses the pros and cons of Advance Care Planning.


Let’s talk about death: an opinions blog 


To explore the importance of communication in effective palliative care, and encouraging an open dialogue in the community, a selection of healthcare professionals, academics, and members of the public who have experienced palliative care were asked;

How important is it that we as a society are open to discussing death and dying?


Advance care planning: definitions and recommendations for its use

By Judith Rietjens and Ida Korage


This article is a report following Judith Rietjens and Ida Korfage’s white paper ‘Definition and recommendations for advance care planning: An international consensus’ published in The Lancet Oncology in September 2017.





The Death Cafe: A medium latte and a chat about dying

By Amy Cluett


The first Death Cafe in the United Kingdom was offered in Jon Underwood’s house in Hackney, East London in September 2011. They have since spread across Europe, North America, and Australasia, and as of today, 5,583 Death Cafes have taken place in 52 countries. Our article answers the most burning question of all: so what happens at a Death Cafe?



Modern Palliative Care: infographic


Explore our interactive infographic to learn more about palliative care and its place within modern global medicine, using a range of Oxford University Press resources






How will population ageing affect future end of life care?

By Anna Bone 


Increasing population ageing means that deaths worldwide are expected to rise by 13 million to 70 million per year in the next 15 years. This article discusses the urgent need to plan ahead to ensure we meet the growing end of life care needs of our population in the future.




The end-of-life sector needs concrete solutions to be truly person-centred

By Natalie Koussa for Compassion in Dying 


The definition of 'good end-of-life care has changed drastically over recent years. This guest blog from charity Compassion in Dying discusses areas in which the end-of-life sector needs improvement in order to provide the best possible care for patients and families.