Getting it Right: Improving End of Life Care for People Living with Liver Disease


Feb 2013 by NHS Liver Care

Liver disease is a significant public health issue, and in 2010 represented the fifth largest cause of death after cancer, circulatory disease, respiratory disease and dementia. Unlike other major causes of death,  liver disease mortality is relentlessly rising. The fluctuating course of liver disease makes management of the end of life period challenging. Patients may benefit from both active medical management and palliative care,  whilst preparing the patients, those close to them and the clinical team for the possibility of death.

This document takes the care pathway described in the Department of Health’s End of Life Care Strategy and considers how it can be applied for patients with advanced liver disease.