A study funded by Marie Curie and Dimbleby Cancer Care published today shows the potential benefits of a new nurse-led intervention in supporting carers to manage pain medication in people with terminal cancer.
Commenting in response, Marie Cooper, Practice Development Lead, at national hospice care charity Hospice UK, said:
“This study highlights the valuable contribution by nurses in supporting carers with pain medication management for their loved ones and we welcome its findings.
“Managing terminally ill people’s pain effectively at home, where most people prefer to be, is critical to their care and overall quality of life. Our recent report “No Painful Compromise” highlighted the barriers faced by many people in accessing effective pain relief at home, including insufficient staffing levels for some healthcare professionals supporting dying people.
“It is imperative that carers have access to the support they need to provide the care they wish for their loved ones.”
Notes to Editor:
- Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
- Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
- For further information about hospice care visit our website www.hospiceuk.org or follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
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