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The European Journal of Palliative Care

The European Journal of Palliative Care publishes three articles discussing the Liverpool Care Pathway this month.

A group of international co-authors, including Professor John Ellershaw, summarise the history of the LCP, how it came be acknowledged as best practice for the care of patients in the last days or hours of their life, and how it has been adopted by countries internationally.  Dr Carol Davis and Chrissie Guyer, of University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust, seek to dispel the myths about the LCP, explaining what it is and what it isn't.

Editor Dr Julia Riley addresses the need for better communication with the public and patients including raising questions of advance care planning in the wider debate surrounding palliative care.

The articles can be accessed by subscribers, through UK Federation institutional logins or through temporary access on the EJPC website: