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Treatment for the dying patient: The Liverpool Care pathway
This article has been removed as the Liverpool Care Pathway was discontinued in 2014 following a national review in the United Kingdom.
The Liverpool Care Pathway (LCP) is used to manage care in the last days and hours of a person’s life. This model is being increasingly adopted as the gold standard of care for the dying patient. Following training and registration, general practices can use the LCP themselves, or under the umbrella of registered DHBs, hospices, residential care facilities or hospitals. The purpose of the LCP is to standardise and manage the quality of care that a patient receives, and includes guidelines for symptom control, ongoing assessment and care for the family after death.