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    Palliative care

    The latest learning and CPD content on palliative care. Under ‘Other resources’ you will find all our other content related to palliative care.

    CPD and Learning

    Caring for palliative care patients at home

    Caring for palliative care patients at home: medicines management principles and considerationsSubscription

    9 JUN 2020By , , , , , ,

    Pharmacists need to understand the range of medicine support that they and their teams can provide to palliative care patients and their caregivers.

    Case-based learning: palliative care

    Case-based learning: palliative and end-of-life care in community pharmacySubscription

    25 OCT 2019By

    Community pharmacists encounter patients at all stages in their life; however, patients who require palliative care require dedicated time and special consideration.

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    Palliative management in end-stage liver diseaseSubscription

    5 OCT 2018By ,

    Early palliative interventions, including reviewing regular medicines and managing common symptoms, enables patients to remain comfortable during end-of-life care.

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    Facilitating anticipatory prescribing in end-of-life careSubscription

    16 MAY 2017By

    Anticipatory prescribing enables patients in the last days and weeks of their lives to have their symptoms managed at home. Pharmacists are ideally positioned to provide practical support and advice to other healthcare professionals on the prescribing and administration of anticipatory medicines and to facilitate timely supply.

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    Communicating with palliative care patients nearing the end of life, their families and carersSubscription

    24 JAN 2017By , ,

    Pharmacists are becoming increasingly involved in palliative care and can be a source of important information and support for patients at the end of life. Health professionals caring for patients with advanced illness should develop skills for communicating with patients, and their families and carers.

    Dying patient receiving palliative care

    New priorities for palliative careSubscription

    2 SEP 2014By

    The Liverpool Care Pathway has been replaced by five new principles for palliative care, which have a significant impact on pharmacy practice.


    Nausea and vomiting in palliative careSubscription

    The Pharmaceutical Journal, 1 March 2014, Vol 292, No 7799By Sonia Chand

    Sonia Chand discusses the management of nausea and vomiting in advanced cancer

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    Worsening pain in palliative careSubscription

    The Pharmaceutical Journal, 1 March 2014, Vol 292, No 7799

    A 78-year-old man with advanced lung cancer is receiving palliative care but his abdominal pain has progressively worsened.

    Other resources

    Holding hands with someone in a hospital bed

    Anticipatory prescribing practices rapidly changing under COVID-19

    9 JUL 2020

    The COVID-19 pandemic has led to innovation in anticipatory prescribing practices within community palliative care, the results of a survey in BMJ Supportive & Palliative Care have shown.

    Medical cannabis for pain relief

    Medical cannabis helps manage concurrent cancer-related symptomsSubscription

    23 APR 2018

    Medical cannabis has been shown to help people living with cancer manage their symptoms, with more than 95% of respondents reporting an improvement.


    Pharmacists and pharmacy technicians can find guidance from The Pharmaceutical Journal on completing the relevant records to meet the General Pharmaceutical Council requirements, as well as support on the scope of activity that could be included in these records here.