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National audit of end-of-life care in hospitals in Ireland, 2008/ 9
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|Title: ||National audit of end-of-life care in hospitals in Ireland, 2008/ 9|
|Other Titles: ||Dying in hospital in Ireland: an assessment of the quality of care in the last week of life|
|Publisher: ||Irish Hospice Foundation|
|Issue Date: ||May-2010 |
|Description: ||The context of this report is set by the fact that most people die In a hospital or similar setting.
outside the home. When you consider that most people are also born In hospital, and may spend
some bme there over the course of a lifetime, it becomes clear that hospitals are central to our
passage Into hfe and out of it. touchmg people at the most Important and Intimate moments
of their 1i~.ln thos sense, the work of hospitals morrors the cycle of life and the expectations of
socoety about ots role at each stage of the hfe cycle.
The report assesses the quality of care provoded by lrosh hospitals in the last week of life.
The word 'hospital' shares a common linguistic root with words like hospice and hospitality
Hospitality- understood as being welcomed and cared for with kindness and attentiveness
is still what everyone seeks when they come to hospital. Including patients and their families
who are going through the journey of dying, death and bereavement. Tha t is why the Hospice
Friendly Hospitals Programme (2007-2012) commissioned this first ever national audit of endof-
life care In Irish hospitals.
This report contributes to the growing practoce woth ln the Irish hospital system of audotong
performance aga•nst standards In order to ensure that every aspect of its work meets, and even
exceeds. the highest standards of care and excellence . Given that end-of-life care standards
did not exist at the time the audit - but have si nce been published as Quality Standards for
End-of-Life Care in Hospotals' - it may be more appropriate to regard this report as a 'pre-audit'
or 'baseline-audit'. It is Government policy. since February 2009. to introduce a mandatory
licensing system whereby each hospital will only be allowed to practice if. on the basis of audited
performance, it meets acceptable quality standards of service .|
|Local subject classification: ||END OF LIFE CARE|
|Series/Report no.: ||National Audit Report|
|Appears in Collections: ||Irish Hospice Foundation|
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