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Recognizing the end of life phase 

Recognizing the end of life phase
Recognizing the end of life phase

Anna Spathis

, Helen E. Davies

, Sara Booth

, and Max Watson

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date: 23 June 2021

Definitions 50

Prognostication 52

Recognizing the need for end of life care 56

Recognition of the terminal phase 58

‘The art of living well and dying well are one.’


End of life care, palliative care, supportive care, and terminal care are terms that many use interchangeably. There are, as yet, no internationally agreed definitions that explicitly describe the differences between each type of care, greatly hindering the accurate use and full understanding of these terms. For the purposes of this handbook, the following definitions are used....

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