Priority 21 from the Palliative and end of life care PSP

UNCERTAINTY:  What are the signs that a person will die in the next few days and how can detection of these signs be improved?  How can families be made aware?   (JLA PSP Priority 21)
Overall ranking 21
JLA question ID 0026/21

None identified

Health Research Classification System category  Generic
Extra information provided by this PSP
Original uncertainty examples How to diagnose dying-are there any biomedical markers which may prevent the subjectivity of the process?  ~  Were you offered any advice/support in how to inform your family/friends/colleagues about your impending death?  ~  Quality of life is important, companion and friends with an understanding of their personal type of disease & likely progression.  If they are able to understand an explanation of their drug regimes and reasons for each, with possible side effects
Submitted by Professionals x 2  ~  Carers x 2  ~  Bereaved carers x 6     
Outcomes to be measured Health related quality of life, good death, Change in symptoms or change in management of symptoms, adverse effects or complications
PSP information
PSP unique ID 0026
PSP name Palliative and end of life care
Total number of uncertainties identified by this PSP. 83  (To see a full list of all uncertainties identified, please see the detailed spreadsheet held on the JLA website)
Date of priority setting workshop 21 November 2014