Care professional's experiences about using Liverpool Care Pathway in end-of-life care in residential care homes

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Background: Residential care homes (RCHs) play an important role in end-of-life care, being the most common place of death for elderly people in several European countries. Care pathways such as the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient (LCP) are used to improve and ensure quality care at the end of life. There is a lack of scientific evidence supporting the use of care pathways. Design: A descriptive qualitative study. Objective: The aim was to describe care professionals' experiences of using the Liverpool Care Pathway for the Dying Patient in the care of dying residents in residential care homes. Methods: Five focus group interviews and two individual interviews with enrolled nurses (n = 10), Registered Nurses (n = 9) and general practitioners (n = 5) were carried out and analysed using qualitative content analysis. Results: Care professionals expressed that they became confident through a shared approach to care, were supported to tailor the care according to the residents' individual needs, were supported to involve family members in decision-making and care and became more aware of the care environment. Conclusion: The results of this study indicate that the LCP might be a useful tool for care professionals in improving end-of-life care in RCHs through increased attention to the goals of care, the individual needs of residents and family involvement.


External organisations
  • Umeå University
  • Palliativt utvecklingscentrum
Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Nursing


  • Care pathway, Care professionals, Clinical intervention, Elderly, End of life, Liverpool Care Pathway, Nursing home, Palliative care, Qualitative content analysis, Residential care homes
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)299-308
JournalScandinavian Journal of Caring Sciences
Issue number1
Early online date2017 Jun 29
Publication statusPublished - 2018 Mar
Publication categoryResearch